Agents and Homesellers Beware - A Real Estate Amber Alert

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Put our by our Columbia, SC MLS today:

"This is a very important alert!

It has been brought to our attention that there is a Caucasian gentleman going by the name of James Wesley Young, he has brownish hair, is approximately 6 feet 3 inches in height & weighing 170lbs. He may be driving a Black Nissan Truck or a Black Toyota Car. He is posing as a buyer, stating he has cancer and will be paying for house with cash, he may also mention a sister & brother-in-law named Will and Kristi.

Apparently, a few Realtors have been helping this man and when they walk away he has stolen $ and credit card information. There have been police reports filed against this guy, and if you have any further information you may contact the sheriffs dept., this has been happening in the downtown Columbia area. Please stay safe and alert."

SOURCE:  Consolidated Multiple Listing Service

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Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

oh my gosh! That is so scary!  Great that you are posting this "head's up"

May 26, 2009 03:10 AM #1
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Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Thanks Cristal.  It's crazy, isn't it?  How's CA market?

May 26, 2009 03:51 AM #2
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

Hi Charlie!  Our MLS often is posting warnings like this.......be careful out there!

May 26, 2009 06:48 AM #3
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Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Yea, Ann, and nowadays more "white-collar" criminals.  We had an upstanding, respectable citizen turn bank robber a couple weeks ago in our area.

May 26, 2009 06:58 AM #4
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Jon Wnoroski
America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc. - Green, OH
Summit County Realtor

Hi Charlie - Thanks for the information.  It's amazing how many people are resorting to criminal activity during these times. 

Jun 01, 2009 05:50 AM #5
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Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Thx, Jon.  And especially these 'smart, professional people' that are attempting to rob banks.  How smart is that?  Good to hear from you!

Jun 01, 2009 10:34 PM #6
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Tivis Sutherland, Esq.

I am the attorney for two of James Young's victims. He is in the Kershaw County Detention Center. To contact the Richland County Investigators on his case dial 576-3000 and ask for Investigator Potash or Investigator Strange.

I hope you got away from this guy without suffering too much fiscal damage.

 

Tivis

Jun 16, 2009 09:27 AM #7
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Charlie Harden
Columbia, SC

Tivis, thank you a lot for your input here.  We'll be watching.  Never met the man, thank goodness, but some in our MLS did.

Jun 17, 2009 06:17 AM #8
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Tivis Sutherland, Esq.

You are quite welcome. He was "looking at houses" as late as last week (in Barnwell if my information is correct), just prior to his arrest. He is trying to get out of jail, and we are trying to keep him in; but bonds are typically not very high for these types of offenses. If he gets out I will let you all know. Everyone who has been victimized should contact the investigators listed above.

 

Tivis

Jun 18, 2009 04:34 AM #9
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