SCAM ALERT: cash buyer from out-of-area/country even provides "passport" and "proof of funds"

Reblogger Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

I received one of these letters as well. I googled the name and came up with this scam alert!

Original content by Pacita Dimacali BRE 01367196

SCAM ALERT! Received inquiry about one of my listings.  But red flags were popping up all over the place.

When I researched the name, I was led to this site about scammers http://www.419scam.org/419people.htm

RED FLAGS:

  • CASH
  • Out of country
  • Email communications
  • Japanese name, but talks about Chinese tradition
  • Provided "passport" and "proof of funds".
  • Address provided is for a property advertised for rent

Here's the communique

My current address is: 2000 sheppard ave. toronto on, M3N 2J1 and there will be no other additional name on the purchase contract please note my full name are: FUKUHARA KAZUHIKO. I am relocating to state permanently and regarding the closing date i will deffinately be there in person before on the 26th of June 2010 because i have also placed an order in Chinese home style furniture, Chinese style home entertainment, Chinese home decoration and Chinese kitchen appliance in China.
 
I love my tradition and I want my home to look like little China mansion.  
 
Please take note 30 days will be sufficient for the closing so please kindly prepare the purchase contract agreement in docusign format so that i can sign and initial them electronically.
 
Attached is a scan copy of my international passport and ID including statement of account copy as proof of funds for the transaction.
 
Please note the property is going to be cash buy, and i have already discuss with my stock broker  regarding the purchase and the initial deposit(EARNEST MONEY). Please below are the information my stock broker need to issue out the earnest money:
 
Contact Name:
Check Payeable To:
Contact Address/ Physical Address: 
Phone Number:
 
Once again thank you very much for your attention and assistance regarding my distance purchase. I await the purchase contract agreement in docusign format including the ESCROW COMPANY informations to enable my stock broker issue the payment out as soon as possible.
 gards.
 
Mr. Fukuhara Kazuhiko
0034634035049
fukuhiko@asia.com

 

These guye are getting very good --- they even knew the key words like DocuSign

WATCH OUT!

If it's too good to be true, it is!

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Rainmaker
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Li Read
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Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

Your last sentence is the key -- too easy means warning signs!!!!

Thanks for this important alert.

June 01, 2010 12:18 PM
Rainer
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Christine Hynes
Orange County Senior Loan Consultant
American Capital Corporation

Thanks for the heads up Teri, one of the great things about Activerain is the ability to get this kind of information out!

June 01, 2010 04:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynda Eisenmann
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co
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Hi Teri,

One scam after another today!

June 01, 2010 09:35 PM
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Lizette Fitzpatrick
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Thanks so much Teri!  There is so much of these types of scams and it is not like the good old days.

June 03, 2010 12:50 PM
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Karen Kruschka
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Teri  I haven't gotten this one - YET  Thanks for the heads up  Karen

June 04, 2010 08:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Nick Zappa
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Eagles Wings Realty

Teri, we are seeing a lot of this kind of stuff as well. I guess the Nigerians have moved to a new location.

June 05, 2010 12:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor
Teri Ellis at Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC

I actually thought this might not be a scam....duh!!! Of course, all I had to do was stop by Active Rain to find out....;-)

June 05, 2010 07:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Marzena Melby
Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty

Hi Teri,

Schemers are getting more and more sophisticated and their schemes more elaborate.  Thanks for reblogging this!

June 09, 2010 06:59 AM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Summers
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Charles Rutenberg Realty - Orlando, Florida

If something seems to good to be true... It is.   Just a waste of your time, when you could be doing "GOOD"!

June 22, 2010 09:07 AM
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