Scam

By
Real Estate Agent with 702 Ventures Inc

I was watching the news last night and saw a spot about a real estate scam. A lady claiming to be a property manager (she even rented a nice office suite to work out of) lured people in via newspaper adds advertising new homes for rent. The client would come to the office and the property mgr would show them pics of new homes,  tell them to pick out a home to rent and go to the model homes to preview like properties. If the client liked what they saw she would collect their deposits, first months rent, give them a move-in date and keys. When the "renter" tried to put their key in the lock on move-in day...you guessed it, key doesn't work. Turns out the homes were real, just not the rental agreements. When the renter went back to the office it was empty. The home builders were upset and felt for the victims but couldn't do anything. Crazy huh?

 

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Comments (9)

Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

THAT is crazy.  What is wrong with people that are so heartless?  What a shame :(

Nov 13, 2010 04:05 PM
Joan Valverde
HomeSmart - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu
Jamie, oh my goodness, this should not be a true story. People are crazy and willing to do whatever they can to get a fast buck, and do not care about whom they hurt along the way.
Nov 13, 2010 04:14 PM
Nor Yeretsian
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc. - Toronto, ON
Envoy Capitol Realty Inc., Brokerage Toronto

Real Crazy !

Use a realtor , licensed + insured, gets you protection.

cheers

Nor Yeretsian

 

Nov 13, 2010 04:20 PM
F U
nobody - Alamance, NT
Dead

sad what this world has become, taking advantage of the weakest.

Nov 13, 2010 04:21 PM
Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Licensed agents are the best defense against this sort of scam. Where were the cops?

Nov 13, 2010 04:24 PM
Glenn Ritchie
First Team Real Estate - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - The OC.

Jamie I have heard this does happen...I agree with Nor, use a real agent and hopefully one will be not be duped. It's also sad that some people are so heartless, but we are in weird times in regards to finances and one should be more aware in everything we do...sorry to say.

Nov 13, 2010 04:30 PM
Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

Hi Jamie, thanks for sharing the information, it is appericated!

Nov 13, 2010 04:35 PM
Ernie Hernandez
RE/MAX - Cedar Park, TX
Central Texas Real Estate, NW Austin, Cedar Park

Another reason to use a licensed realtor. I feel bad for the people that got scammed

 

Nov 13, 2010 04:36 PM
June Stark
Elite Realty-Luxury Homes & Condos On & Off the Strip - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Condos & Luxury Homes Expert

Heartless.  And so sad  -

Nov 15, 2010 04:57 AM