A travel nurse fell victim to a property scam through Facebook recently. And she's not alone, as the FBI gets 200 reports a month. With the alleged scammer still making posts online, the travel nurse turned to KUAM in the hopes no one else falls victim.

When Lila Montoya arrived to Guam last month, she was excited to get her keys to the rental apartment she would be calling home for the next eight weeks. But her dream stay quickly turning into a nightmare. 

"I was trying to knock on the door. Nobody answered the knock. So I took a picture of the property number of the house to text the woman, like ‘hey I’m at the property. Are you home? Can I get the key?’" she recalled.

Montoya soon realizing she just got scammed for over $2,000. She continued, "The actual property owner was on the balcony and started speaking to me."

"I said ‘Are you Danielle, the one I’ve been talking to?’ She said no. There's no apartment here, that’s not her email, that’s not her number, that’s not her name, that’s not her posting."

It was a rental listing on Facebook for an apartment in Hagatna.  She later discovered the scammer had a similar listing with the same photos but thousands of miles away.  "This is actually the same one for the photos is Guam. This is Kentucky," she pointed out.

A reverse Google Images search shows the apartment is a legitimate listing in Kentucky that the scammer was marketing as her own. Montoya filed a police report, went to the FBI, and contacted her bank hoping to get her money back. 

"They said it wasn’t fraud and they weren’t going to refund me," she said.

A local FBI official tells KUAM that these type of financial scams happen often in Guam. The FBI getting at least 200 complaints per month. 

One victim scammed out of a half-million dollars earlier this year. The FBI adding in most cases, once the money is sent, there’s no getting it back.  It’s a hard lesson learned for Montoya - now she’s warning others, especially with the scammer still posting online.

"If you don’t know anyone in person, like I didn’t have any family here or anything, just go a week before and stay at a hotel for a week and look in person at these places, because sometimes it's not real online," she said.

The takeaway: be very careful what you see online, who you interact with and think twice before hitting 'Send'.