SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – In a housing market where so many people are looking to buy, sell or rent a home, 16 News Now is digging deeper into a major scam that one South Bend woman faced while selling her home.

16 News Now reporter Carly Miller breaks down the details of this particular scheme, and how to protect yourself from being the next victim of a hijacked home.

Scams come in all shapes and sizes, but when it results in you realizing a family you’ve never met has moved into your empty home or it leaves you without a place to live, the damage done is taken to a whole new level. Now more than ever it’s important to protect you and your home from deceit.

South Bend resident Ashley Arndt put her house on the market earlier this year, and she knew to check on it during the months it sat empty.

“It was more so to make sure that nothing was damaged. Like if a tree limb falls on the roof or something like that. It wasn’t to make…

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