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
CASH but needs 30 days to close?
Out of country
Viewed and accessed the property previously, but not using an agent?
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
I and my wife have viewed and accessed the property properly located at 1533 Morton Street, Alameda CA 94501 and have also estimated $10,000.00USD as the earnest money deposit. Please you have to proceed in preparing a purchase contract agreement on the property listed above and I would appreciate it if you could forward the purchase contract agreement to me in a docusign format once the preparation is completed and as I have stated previously I will be in your city in 4 weeks time from now.
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:
Check Payeable To:
Contact Address/ Physical Address:
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.
Mr. Fukuhara Kazuhiko
These guye are getting very good --- they even knew the key words like DocuSign
If it's too good to be true, it is!