West Michigan Company Victim of Real Estate Scam.
In January 2014, Dan Vos Construction Company of Ada, MI notified the BBB that their company name is being used in a real estate rental scam. The company has received contact from consumers in Arizona, New Jersey, and Texas.
According to information provided by consumers, Richard and Janet Carlson are advertising a house for rent at various on-line listings. The listings first appeared on Craigslist.com in January, and have appeared in March on Hotpads.com. The BBB is aware of two specific
homes being listed: 1380 Lasalle Street, Beaumont, TX 77066 and
19 Robert Oakes Drive, Newark, DE 19713.
The originator of the scam is stating that a "Richard Carlson" recently accepted a job with Dan Vos Construction Companies in Michigan and is relocating to MI, so he is offering his home in AZ, NJ, or TX for rent. According to consumers, the rent varies between $600 and $750 per month and includes all utilities.
Dan Vos Construction Company has informed the BBB that the information stated in the scam is not true. Dan Vos Construction Company does not have rental properties or an employee
named Richard or Janet Carlson. These individuals are unknown to the company. In addition, the company name is Dan Vos Construction Company - not Companies.
As of April 1, 2014, both listings outlined above appear to have been removed. However, this type of scam is becoming increasingly more prevalent.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid housing scams: