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Editor’s note: Initially it was reported that the buyer’s realtor was also scammed; however, further clarification revealed it was her realtor’s email address that was modified and replied to by the scammer. We regret the error.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The current real estate market has many people making large down payments to get their new home. But a growing real estate scam targeting people in the region nearly snared Allison Boekenoogen.

Scammers pose as the title company to try to make you send that down payment into the wrong account, losing both your future home but a fortune in cash.