The St. Pete Times reports today that a man who presented himself as a short sale specialist drove around Pasco County finding abandoned/vacant homes. He then supposedly changed locks and rented them out saying they were his, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's office. I don't know why this type of activity took so long to detect. Similar planned schemes were reported back in October, 2009! There are a lot of scams and cons going on out there in real estate right now.
Full Story from today's St. Petersburg Times