How to Report Estate Fraud

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According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), fraudulent activity in the real estate industry increased as of September 2010. For consumers who have been victimized or witness suspected real estate industry fraud, a number of government agencies investigate allegations. You can report fraudulent activity to one agency or multiple agencies. Doing so may potentially result in the apprehension of the violating party and the ceasing of illegal activities.

Call or email your state’s real estate licensing board to obtain a real estate complaint form. Complete the form and submit it to the licensing division to begin the complaint process. Each state’s real estate licensing division investigates consumer fraud complaints against licensees and may fine the licensee or revoke his license if he is found guilty of fraudulent activities.

Submit a detailed complaint letter or IRS form 3949-A to the IRS if the real estate fraud you are reporting is tax-related, such as mortgage fraud or real estate tax evasion. According to the IRS, your identity can remain confidential.

Submit your complaint for mortgage or loan-related real estate fraud to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Reports can be submitted over the phone by calling 1-800-225-5324. You can also complete the FBI online tip form to report real estate-related criminal activity.

Email the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) if you suspect real estate fraud related to anticompetitive practices. Send an email detailing your complaint to RealEstateCompetition@usdoj.gov. You can also mail your report to the DOJ Citizen Complaint Center, Antitrust Division, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 3322, Washington, DC 20530.

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