Use caution when opening "lead" emails from potential clients.

Real Estate Agent with WJK Realty 0570241

Recently I have gotten a few emails that send up red flags. You know as Realtors people will email us asking for information about properties, which is normal. Since Austin is an apparent hot spot we have people relocating here from all over the world. So sometimes we see all kinds of unusual grammar and spelling.

As of late I have gotten several emails from what appears to be individual, however the emails just "feel wrong". He says he found me on Trulia, but I have gotten leads from Trulia before and they don’t look like this. So I have been extra cautious and have not clicked his link. I have gotten four emails from him with zero details about what he is looking for.

"Allan" has danced around my repeated requests for him to give me specifics on his home criteria. He keeps pushing for me to click the link that shows what he wants in a home. Well I can tell you that will never happen! I don’t click on any links from unknown sources.  Uh, hello that is an easy way to catch a computer virus that can wipe your information or destroy your hard drive. Do you think I was born yesterday?!?

So I ask have any of you ever seen this tactic before? If you have not, be on the lookout!

 See below for an example.


Email #1

From:Allan Corbin ;
Subject: Interested to buy a properties !!!
Sent: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 1:22:52 PM


Am really interested in purchasing a properties in your territory. I want to find out if you have got any property for sale ?. How much is it and other details ?. Please send me a message to my personal Email: ( for us to discuss further.

Can we work together ? just get back to me for us to proceed.
Hope to hear from you soon.



Email #2

--- On Tue, 1/22/13, Allan Corbin wrote:

From: Allan Corbin
Subject: RE: Interested to buy a properties !!!
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 5:51 PM

Hello Betina,

How are you ?. Yes, I am still really interested to purchase properties in your territory. Please CLICK HERE to view the specific information of my required properties in your area and let me know if we can work together as you are my first contact agent. Kindly get back to me if you can help me with my search when you have view the specific criteria below so that we can discuss further with my price range and payment terms.

I await your urgent reply today.

Thank you.



Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:30 PM


"Allan Corbin"

View contact details


Hello Betina,

The link is working perfectly, so you would need to view our properties requirements on trulia. You are to re-click the link below and let me know if we can work together. CLICK HERE to view the specific information of our required properties in your area.

I await your urgent reply today.
Thank you.



Comments (6)

Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I would agree that it seems fishy.  Thank you for sharing!

Jan 22, 2013 03:39 AM
Bud & Beth McKinney
Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United

That seems very odd, I'd definatly be careful.

Jan 22, 2013 04:08 AM
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Betina -- this is very interesting.  Being a guy who likes to knon a bit more about what is going on - checked on this and found that he is referring you to a site that is hosted out of Cyprus (the island in the Meditteranean) - which has added "trulia" onto it as a folder within the system, rather than as the system at  As he has a generic email address that is available anywhere in the world - you are very right to ignore these email, and best to do would be to delete them all.

Jan 22, 2013 06:09 AM
Stella Barbour
NoVa Brokers LLC - Vienna, VA
Principal Broker, Serving Virginia and Maryland

I recently got one through Zillow.  Same type of thing.  I deleted it.  I figured it was not real so I did not take the chance.

Jan 22, 2013 09:14 PM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Dear Karen, Thanks for stopping by.

Dear Bud & Beth, I try to alert my friends at AR whenever I see something that looks like a scam. I figure we are all in this together, so we may as well learn from one another.

Dear Steve,  Thanks so much for digging deeper to see where it was from. Some time your going to have to show me how to do that. I appreciate you taking the time to figure it out!

Dear Stella, This was the first one I have seen like this. Thanks for letting us know there is a similar scam going on using Zillow.


Jan 23, 2013 04:58 AM
Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

This is an old trick, Betina.  I have seen it so many times.  I am glad that you have the answers you needed.

Jan 23, 2013 05:46 AM