Crime & Public Safety

Hilton Head real estate scam costs Savannah woman $1,000

A Savannah woman was conned out of over $1,000 through a fake Hilton Head Island apartment listing and contract.

The victim communicated via email with an individual posing as a real estate agent for a Pope Avenue apartment property, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.

She signed a contract and transferred money into a Bank of America account on July 27 under the impression that she had a new apartment, according to the report.

When she arrived on Sunday to move in, property managers told her the listing and contract were fake, according to the report.

Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage said Wednesday the account the money was sent to does not match up with name of the agent the scammer used. The incident is still under investigation, and no arrests have been made.

The scam, he said, is one people fall for when transactions are made online or over the phone.

“The real estate scams have been around for awhile,” Bromage said. “Face to face is usually the best way to do things. Meet at the person’s office, meet at a public place to determine this is actually a real person.”

He also recommended making sure that the agent has a real estate license.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner