Beware of the Bogus Emails!

By
Real Estate Agent with Bullard Homes, Inc.

 I was excited!  A new lead!  Wow!  An email from a potential client that found my contact information through ActiveRain.  The email read:

"Greetings. My name is Mrs. Jane Doe. I represent the ABC Construction Company in Pensacola, Florida. My employer has expressed an interest in locating and purchasing homes/businesses damaged by fire/hurricanes along the MS Gulf Coast. Will you please send me any information concerning this subject? Thank you for your most valuable time regarding this matter."

Sincerely,

Mrs. Doe
Office Manager
ABC Construction Company

After spending some time with these "Bogus Emails,"  I noticed a similarity, "None of them left a phone number!"  So I began to investigate...  First, I couldn't locate ABC Construction Company in Pensacola, Florida or even Florida for that matter.  After researching the IP Address of the sender of these "Bogus Emails," I found out that Mrs. Doe doesn't live in Florida like she stated in her email address.  Mrs. Doe lives in Biloxi, MS.  Why would a person lie about her residence and not provide a contact number, I thought...  I also didn't want to upset a potential client.  So I sent the following email:

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to assist you!  As a Mississippi Licensed Loan Originator and a REALTOR®, I am the "Sole Source" for all of your real estate needs!  I am licensed to assist you with the financial end of the transaction as well as the purchase of real estate.  I understand that ABC Construction Company is interested in purchasing homes/businesses damaged by fire/hurricanes along the MS Gulf Coast - as a resident of Mississippi for 34 years and 13 years of sales experience, you made the right choice by contacting me first! 

In the event that I do locate properties that fit your criteria; What is your phone number?  So I can learn more about the types of properties your company restores, what is your business website address?  Finally, I would like to add you to my mailing list to keep you updated as soon as properties become available.  What is your business address?"

Needless to say, I haven't had a single response from none of these "Boguse Emails."  Bottom line, if you get a "Lead" via email that does not include a phone number,  Do some investigation before you start doing someone else's work for them.  Okay, I feel better now...

Are you or someone you know ready to buy or sell a home in Biloxi, Mississippi?  If so, visit me online at www.billycarroll.net

Comments (7)

Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos
Hi Billy,   So, what do you think is the point of the emails ? 
Jan 16, 2008 06:57 AM
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ

Billy

Loved the road kill picture, some people in my area would be pissed off for not getting there on time to make possum stew.

Jan 16, 2008 07:00 AM
Charles Tharp
Prudential California Realty - Fontana, CA
Inland Empire, Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist

Good question Bill. I can understand about e-mails asking for personal information or offering some kind of scam, but this one I am not sure what they are after. Perhaps they are seeking homeowners in those areas to try and scam them would be my guess.

So far I haven't gotten an e-mail like this (although our would be for fire damaged homes in CA) but I will definately keep my eye out for them. Thanks for the heads up Billy.

Jan 16, 2008 07:02 AM
Billy J. CarrollJr.
Bullard Homes, Inc. - Ocean Springs, MS
BSBA

Bill:  As professionals in the local market place with knowledge of properties that are non-mls as well as mls, I suspect that it could be "out of town" or "new to the area" Home Vestors that have not partnered with an agent and trying to get access to our experience for FREE.  It could possibly be other agents trying to get someone else to do their work.  Either way, if it was truly a prospect with a need - I feel the sender of these emails would have responded to my request for "more information."  Thank you for the comment Bill! 

Jan 16, 2008 07:06 AM
Billy J. CarrollJr.
Bullard Homes, Inc. - Ocean Springs, MS
BSBA

Gary: I heard that possum is very greasy!  Thank you for the comment Gary!

Charles:  That is something I didn't think about!  Very good point!  Thank you for the comment Charles!

Jan 16, 2008 07:11 AM
The Entire Team of Price & Company Professionals
Price & Company Realty - Myrtle Beach, SC

I have received a few of those as well, but the major headache I'm dealing with at the moment are the Anonymous or No Caller ID calls saying, "Hi, this is Kelly from Blah Blah Realty in (enter state here).  I have a client that is looking to relocate to your area and wanted to talk to you about a referral.  Please give me a call at XXX-XXX-XXXX, ext XXX to discuss it."  When you call it's one of those referral networks trying to get you to pay monthly for absolutely horrible, and I use the term very loosely, "leads".

Jan 16, 2008 07:13 AM
Billy J. CarrollJr.
Bullard Homes, Inc. - Ocean Springs, MS
BSBA
Christopher: Those companies sound desperate!  Thank you for the comment Christopher!
Jan 16, 2008 07:16 AM