There is big money to be made in real estate. Make the right deal and you can often earn bigger returns on your investment than any of the more traditional investment options, such as stocks, bonds and commodities. But the bigger the potential profits, the higher the opportunity for fraud. Real estate scams are quite common, probably because greed tends to blind people to potential risks. When it comes to any type of investing – but especially real estate – the best approach is common sense: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.