WA homeowners warned against scam
West Australians are being targeted by con-men luring them to 'buy" residential property, the state's real estate body warns.
The Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA) said fraudsters were posing as homeowners and "selling" dwellings to unsuspecting buyers.
"It's clear that scammers are targeting WA in particular, and in recent years we have seen two properties sold by con-artists who didn't own the proprieties but who produced sophisticated, fraudulent documents to claim they did," REIWA president David Airey explained.
Mr Airey went on to say that two REIWA agents had recently stopped two property scams by remaining vigilant with security checks.
Since the first real estate con in 2010, a mandatory 100-point identity check was introduced, along with other safety measures.
"Clearly this hard work has payed (sic) off, but it's apparent from the two attempted scams revealed today that agents need to be more vigilant and should not hesitate to act more quickly if ever there is doubt," he explained.
Mr Airey said owners who are planning on going abroad or are presently overseas for an extended period of time should get in touch with their agents and inform them of their travel movements, contact details and the fact that their properties are not for sale.