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Land Sale Scam

Scammers are misleading susceptible Americans into buying land for an investment, a vacation home, or a place to retire. They send attractive real estate brochures in the mail, noting that the land is in a warm and hospitable climate with recreation and conveniences nearby. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Unassuming citizens purchase the land without seeing it, only to discover that it is in the middle of nowhere, far away from utilities and other amenities, and cannot be resold for even a fraction of the price. In another form of land fraud, scammers use fake documents with forged deeds and contracts with fake notary stamps to sell off properties they don’t own.


Land Grab (Land Theft)

Scammers use forged deeds and contracts to sell land they don’t own. Watch to learn more about land theft scamming.

Protect Yourself From Land Fraud

  • Research before purchasing

    Do your research before making real estate purchases. See the land before signing any documents.

  • Make sure you receive a tax appraisal notice

    If you own land, be sure to look for a tax appraisal notice in the mail. If you don’t receive one, that’s a sign that your property may have new owners.

  • Don't trust offers that are too good to be true

    Trust your gut. Be suspicious of offers that are so good, you can’t believe they’re possible.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve been affected by a land sale scam and the U.S. Mail® has been used in any way, we want to help. Please report the crime.

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