Tammy Sorrento, founder of Fireball Approves Investigation Agency joins us for a conversation about scams in the real estate industry and what her experience was that led her to start a company dedicated to stopping scams.
We discuss what consumers can do to protect themselves from scams, and some of the tools that are out there for consumers other than her company.
A few of my favorite moments from the podcast:
[00:21] Fireball Approves is a company that helps protect people from getting scammed. Tammy explains how she developed the company because she wished she had access to this type of service when searching for a short-term vacation rental online.
[07:21] Does California have public records readily available for people to access? Tammy also poses an interesting question: say your home has been fraudulently rented out while you were away, how hard is it to get it sorted out?
[11:11] Online scams are not only fairly low risk crimes with a high payout for the scammers and they are so rarely reported.
[14:56] If you are a potentially looking at renting property, Tammy recommends you do your due diligence. What does this mean? She shares a few helpful tips with us and shares what she does to help.
P.S. Tammy is also writing a blog on what people can do on their own and when to contact her on fireballapproves.com for assistance, so be sure to keep an eye out for that!
[17:16] A cool service Tammy has partnered with is a free Chrome extension called Cluck. What is Cluck and how is it different to others services like it on the market?
[21:18] The price of the rental ad verification is only $19 and Fireball also offers a listing of Fireball approved vacation rentals free to renters. How can owners of properties become gold, silver or bronze members on the approved rentals list?
[23:45] Why the name, Fireball Approves? While the rental market is the focus now, in the future Tammy plans to expand to other services including virtual job scams, for example.
[27:24] To find out more about her services find Tammy on the fireballapproves.com website or any social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. Also, don’t forget to share this information with others as she relies on word of mouth to get the word out.
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