The Department of Business and Professional Regulation Warns Floridians About Possible Scams Targeted at Home Sellers
Home sellers reminded there is no DBPR inspection before selling house
March 24, 2009
TALLAHASSEE—The Department of Business and Professional Regulation learned of a possible scam and advises Floridians to be wary of anyone who claims to be a DBPR employee and demands a payment for a “home inspection” before people can sell their homes. DBPR does not require a pre-inspection for selling homes and does not require any fee. DBPR licenses and regulates real estate professionals. DBPR has not received any formal complaints regarding the issue; however, in an abundance of caution, the department would like consumers to be aware of the possibility.
Consumers who have been victimized or have tips on these scams should contact local law enforcement or the Attorney General Office’s fraud hotline at 1-866-966-7226.
The department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com.