Homeowner takes on scam artist

House Keys

Is your house for rent? Or for sale? If you answered no, think again, and then take a look online. You may be surprised at what you find out.

Surprise was but one of the choice emotions that Sarah Stelmok, a homeowner and real estate agent in Fredericksburg, Va., felt when she discovered that a home she owns had been offered as a rental on a prominent Web site without her knowledge.

The home is a 1,200-square-foot townhouse in downtown Fredericksburg. It has two bedrooms and one-and-one-half bathrooms and is located in a desirable area that boasts a city-run stock fishing pond, dog park, historic district, tennis and racquetball courts, a small college and a large city park.