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Alleged scam site shut down after Realtor investigations

Agents were asked to pay fee to remove 'complaints' against them

A site that had allegedly been posting false complaints about Realtors and then offering to remove them in exchange for money has been shut down, according to the National Association of Realtors.NAR and several state Realtor associations had been investigating the site, Realtor-complaints.com, for misuse of the Realtor trademark, said Stacey Moncrieff, editor in chief for Realtor Magazine and NAR's managing director of publishing, in a blog post.On Jan. 10, NAR posted a warning about what it called a "scam complaint site," alleging the site purported to post consumer complaints about real estate professionals, but the complaints had been found to have similar phrasing and were therefore suspected to be fake.In addition, agents who contacted the site were offered the "opportunity" to have their name and the complaint removed from the site for a $99 fee, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors.The association posted a copy of the wording used in an email to mu...