ALERT! Scam Surreal Buyer Targets Realtors Sellers

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hello Realty NM Broker License 16161

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As our new landscape of real estate becomes more solidly online, the opportunities for scam artists appear to increase by the minute. This morning I received an email from a buyer who wanted to purchase a $300,000 to $600,000 home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At first glance, it sounded normal until after my lst cup of coffee when I noticed several of these flags - cash, swimming pool, attorney in Canada. Then, I remembered the name from a Trulia inquiry last year. Mr. Horai Noraiki had surfaced again and this time at the end of the Santa Fe Trail landing in my email. A quick Google search of his name in quotation marks revealed his electronic trail of scams and damage. Better to search then be sorry!

He appears to attempt to convince a willing Seller and/or NON-Alert Realtor to accept his cash offer on a property and then terminate with the plan that his substantial insufficient fund deposit check will go undetected until the title or escrow company returns his money. Sadly, it appears he has been successful.

Given our new landscape of real estate online, the last thing any Seller needs is a scam artist posing as a surreal buyer. Kindly pay it forward and alert the Realtors in your company, Board and community including any For Sale By Owners you may know that Mr. Horai Noraiki and his Canadian attorney, Eric Thompson are back online looking to scam anyone in real estate who believes them.

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Diane Kawell
Windermere Real Estate / West Campus / Federal Way WA - Federal Way, WA

Yep - I tend to get ones that are from various parts of Europe .. usually with a British pattern of speech .. I delete before opening. But, I've never taken the time to google the name .. good idea!

Feb 22, 2011 01:10 PM #1
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Nyssa Smith
Keller Williams Advantage Realty - State College, PA
REALTOR, State College Area Real Estate

It's such a shame.  I hate that we always have to be on our toes don't we!  It's always good to do a Google search.

Feb 22, 2011 01:14 PM #2
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Mark Nehs
Mortgage Loan Officer Waukesha Wisconsin - Pewaukee, WI

Emily,

Thanks for sharing and good catch.  We always need to be on our toes.

Feb 22, 2011 01:26 PM #3
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Emily, good for you for catching this scam.  It is amazing the scam artists that are out and about.  We must be on our toes at all times.

Feb 22, 2011 01:30 PM #4
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Diane, I google every inquiry after my first cup of coffee!

Nyssa, I often search both name and email address on Google, Bing and sometimes Spokeo.

Mark, thank you. Hopefully folks will pass the name forward as there are no boundaries on the net.

Feb 22, 2011 01:30 PM #5
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Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
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Judith, tough times seem to breed scam artists!

Feb 22, 2011 01:32 PM #6
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Valerie Keener
Nathan Grace Real Estate - Dallas, TX
Real estate is my caffeine!

Thanks for the heads up!

Feb 22, 2011 02:04 PM #7
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Kristal Wilson
Strategic Sales and Marketing - Chino Hills, CA
Cause We Like 'Em New ~ New Home Specialist!

Emily ~ As a listing agent on two different occasions I received cash offers, via email, from investors asking me to represent them as the buyers. Something does not seem quite right when clients try to win by requesting me to represent a dual agency. I don't know if it's a scam but it raises the red flags for me.

Feb 22, 2011 02:41 PM #8
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

I got one of those from an Asian name.  The contact came through Trulia.  I am pretty sure if it was NOT Mr. Horai Noraiki, it was a year or so ago.   I too found it was a scam by Googling the name and found lots of people had heard from the same name.

Feb 22, 2011 10:29 PM #9
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Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

Good morning Emily! These scam artist pop up everywhere! About a year ago, I got a call from someone in overseas wanting me to help them purchase property in North Carolina. I told them that I'd be happy to meet with them when in my office, otherwise I could not help them. That ended that!

Thanks for posting the Alert as we all need to mindful of Scams!

 

Feb 23, 2011 01:17 AM #10
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Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
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Valerie, it is important to know about the flags.

Kristal, not all cash offers are flags, what is important is to have information.

Maureen, I understand. There are many people who have their identity taken and used in many different ways. When I did a search on spokeo.com it was clear that the email was coming from Canada and not Japan. It is important to search and monitor our own name online.

Clark, I currently have several clients overseas, some are from China and Korea. There is always a difference in how real people vs. scammers communicate. What is important is to pay attention.

Feb 23, 2011 01:30 AM #11
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Emily, I get scam calls and emails all the time, sure HOPE they were scams and I did not miss a sale.....

Feb 23, 2011 02:05 AM #12
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Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

"When I did a search on spokeo.com it was clear that the email was coming from Canada and not Japan."

Canada? the land of Dudley Doright?  Wow?   I know it is a huge country but I think of Canada being so wholesome.  Well except Windsor Canada... no offense to anyone in Windsor... Windsor just looks so much like Detroit.  I kinda thought Snidely Whiplash hailed from Windsor... or was not really Canadian. Someone from the US who crossed the border to tie Nell to the train track etc.

I was shocked when Facebook asked me if I had been in New Hampshire since someone signed into my account from New Hampshire a few weeks ago, so they locked down the account. The thought of a hacker from New Hampshire?  New Hampshire is green grass, blue skies, trees,  the ocean quaint homes... why would New Hampshire have hackers. Aren't there better things to do in New Hampshire?   I think Hackers are in foreign countries, or Las Vegas or the seemier side of California, or Seattle or down in my neighbor's basement some teenager...who knows so much more than I do about computers and is using it for evil.

I don't remember if it was on the scam I received via Trulia or a scam someone else related that the scammer mixed references to China or Hong Kong with a Japanese name.  Yes they could be Japanese living in Hong Kong... but it catches my attention.   I've seen that more than once makes it scream "SCAM" from the beginning. 

Feb 23, 2011 02:37 AM #13
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Joan, it appears scam calls and emails etc are now reality.

Maureen, sadly our world today has changed and given the internet and social media technologies, what was once local is not global. As for the identity of the scammer, I do not have a clue or even if the name is real or one snatched from identity theft. What is important is that people pay attention and use the tools available. After all, people only want to do business with people they know, like and trust.

Feb 23, 2011 03:51 AM #14
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Clark Cook
1st Choice Realty of Fayetteville, LLC - Fayetteville, NC
Marketing Homes For Sale In Fayetteville NC Area

Point taken Emily , and I shall pay attention. Thanks!

Feb 23, 2011 05:42 AM #15
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George Souto
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Emily thanks for the heads up.  It is amazing how many people get caught up in scams, and how these con artists seem to keep on popping up.

Feb 23, 2011 08:26 AM #16
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Wanda Thomas
Montana Homestead Brokers, Broker, CRS, GRI, SFR, RN - Billings, MT
Billings Montana Real Estate

Yikes!  I'm sure there's more scams out there to come, some people are so creative!

Feb 24, 2011 03:30 AM #17
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Emily, I had one this year with a Canadian bank letter with POF ( I called the bank which was not easy to get through) and a photo copy of "his" passport.  Hmmm...sounds like a future post. I will go recreate those emails.

Being aware is more important than ever. If is sounds too good....well, you know the rest!

Margaret

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