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The Craigslist Con: How One Ohio Couple Almost Lost It All
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by The CE Shop Team

A couple in Arlington, Ohio, fell victim to an online real estate scam in which con artists copy and repost listings to trick prospective renters into sending deposits.

Washington's Mini-Madoff Flies Free
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by The CE Shop Team

Local real estate investor, Darren Berg, succeeded in defrauding investors for $120 million in what became the biggest Ponzi scheme in Washington state history.

Broken Pennsylvania Promises: A Real Estate Firm’s $2M Scam
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by The CE Shop Team

In the 1980s, real estate group New Frontiers almost got away with a $2M mortgage con by targeting low-income, inexperienced buyers in the Keystone State.

The Land of Lies: Georgia’s Yazoo Land Scandal
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by The CE Shop Team

The Yazoo Land Scandal will go down in history as one of the most egregious real estate scams, setting in place protective legislation that is still used today.

Charles Ponzi’s Florida Real Estate Swampland Scam
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by The CE Shop Team

In 1925, Charles Ponzi committed one of the first and largest real estate Ponzi schemes in the U.S., coining the expression “Swampland in Florida”.

California Real Estate Desert Deception
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by The CE Shop Team

Nate Mendelsohn was a real estate developer who built a ghost town in the middle of the Mojave Desert, selling off land to tens of thousands of people.

Ponzi Playground: Northern Californians Robbed of Millions
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by The CE Shop Team

California real estate investor Sanjeev Acharya has reached a settlement deal with the SEC after allegedly defrauding 250 investors of nearly $119 million. 

The History of North Carolina’s Highway 12
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by The CE Shop Team

Countless North Carolinians drive on NC 12. Here’s the story of how and why a real estate developer convinced North Carolina to build a highway in the sand.

The Heat Springs Forth: Home Sales Boom in Colorado Springs
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by The CE Shop Team

80916, located in southeast Colorado Springs, was ranked as the hottest ZIP code in the nation for home sales, according to Realtor.com's annual report.

New Development Coming to Popular Dallas Suburb
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by The CE Shop Team

A new development in the Dallas suburbs is a welcome addition to the city’s quickly declining active home inventory, which has created a hot housing market.