Beware of Internet Scam Targeting Real Estate Agents

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Several weeks ago I received an e-mail directly from my Web site, asking for more information on a listing. It sounded weird from the beginning because the writer indicated she lived in the UK but wrote in broken English, and didn't seem to understand that the listing she was inquiring about had sold. I received several more brief e-mails (with many spelling mistakes), asking if I would send her listings between 500,000 and 700,000 Euros. 

I googled the name but could find nothing.

I've learned long ago that when your intuition tells you something is amiss, it most likely is amiss. So, to see where this would lead, I sent a couple listings.

Last Friday, the writer, a Mrs. Achap Rita, said she was going to Cameroon for a few days and then was flying to Sacramento. She asked me for the closest airport.

Today, I received an e-mail from the "Air France Customs Bureau," which maintains a Web site at Yahoo (ha, ha, ha). They wrote to advise me that Mrs. Achap Rita had been arrested in Cameroon with "a huge sum of $354,701,510" in Cameroon currency or $780,000 USD. This e-mail me asked me to confirm that I had a working relationship with the arrested person.

I am not responding, of course, because I am certain the next e-mail will ask me for my bank routing numbers and to deposit this money in a U. S. bank. I can hardly wait for the next e-mail, NOT. I am considering responding by saying I am the U.S. Customs Official at gmail.com, and I have arrested Mrs. Elizabeth Weintraub, carrying a huge sum of money . . . but I probably won't.

If you receive an e-mail like this, you should report it to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Division, which is precisely what I did with it. I regularly receive the Nigerian scam e-mails, but this approach is new. It wouldn't astonish me to learn that these people are targeting FSBOs and just recently decided to go after real estate agents. The moral is always listen to your gut. If you suspect criminal activity, report it.

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Rainmaker
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Monika McGillicuddy
Southern NH & the Seacoast Area
Prudential Verani Realty/Hampstead
They never give up do they? I've seen so many of these types of scams...sad part is people do fall for them.
October 30, 2007 12:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Hey Monika: Well, I hope I prevent at least one other agent from "falling for it."

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October 30, 2007 09:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Stella Barbour
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland
NoVa Brokers LLC
This is has been going on for some time now.  You would think people would stop knowing this scam is now "old" and everyone is aware.  Dishonesty is always around us.
October 31, 2007 08:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Eric Kodner
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -
Madeline Island Realty
Yes, the scams have now invaded even listing inquiries.  It's the price we pay for being visible on the Web.  Ironically, while everyone here on AR is trying to improve their Website visibility, the flip side is that we become a bigger target for scammers.
October 31, 2007 08:22 AM
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Stella: It's unfortunate that we must always be on our toes, on the lookout for crooks.

Eric: Yes, it's the targeting of listing agents right now that is scary. 

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Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, who specializes not only in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento but sells extensively from Elk Grove to Lincoln. Weintraub is prominently known as the #1 Sacramento Short Sale agent throughout the Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you.