High End Property Scam with Chinese Buyer

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Partners, Inc.

There's only one thing better than a lead on a $800,000 property and that's a ready, willing and able BUYER for an $800,000 property.  So when I get the lead and they've shown that their Ready Willing and Able to buy a house they've never seen in a not so popular spot for high end homes red flags go off. 

Off course I get enough inquiries on homes to know when a question comes through that's out of the ordinary.  So when I see this come through about a particular property   "Hello I would like to formally make an offer of $780,000 for this property. Kindly get back to me ASAP if my offer would be accepted by the sellers. Thanks Kin."  I know that it's way out of the ordinary.

So being a professional Realtor who takes my job seriously I decide to see why he wants to make an offer.  Has he seen the home before?  I then get this response:

Thank you.

I have been to the area last year and liked the location.

Understand that I and my wife are OK with pictures and information we have seen so far as we would like to initiate the purchase process from China before we arrive USA before the end of next month.

This for we would not like to lose the property.

I am in China at the moment and hope to be in USA next month.

The home would be a cash buy as I have attached a scanned copy of my bank statement for your reference.

My contact information is

Address: unit 45 Liwaili Apartment, Futong West Street, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Telephone: +86968942776

I would like to settle an up front deposit of $15,000 and close Early June.

Kindly get back to me with the  next step in accord.



This is obviously not a real buyer, but his scanned bank statement was so funny I almost spit coffee all over my keyboard when I opened it.  See below. Click on it for a larger version.  Is this guy looking to buy your properties too? 

Fake Proof of Funds


Lori Mitchell

Lori Mitchell-REMAX Alpine Realty Canmore Alberta Canada

Same email that was sent to Carolyn was received by myself and a associate today.
Too funny

Aug 07, 2015 04:28 AM
D. SIemens

Received same email today- am sale by owner and luckily a former realtor so easy to spot a scammer. Wonder what he gets out of this???

Aug 08, 2015 03:19 AM
Bryan Tobiason
Keller Williams Partners, Inc. - Gardner, KS

D. Siemens, he will send a check for the full amount of purchase as earnest money, or something way above any "normal" amount. Then ask you to kindly refund the difference a day or two later. In about 5-10 days the check is found to be fraudulent. He seems to specifically request closing attorneys and not title companies. Perhaps the title companies are hip to the scam?

Aug 10, 2015 07:30 AM
Bernie Krec

Just got the exact same one from Jun Sying. I have played along with him so far just waiting to see how he goes about the scam. He asked me to refer him to a Lawyer. I am in Canada so things are a little different here, we don't deal with title companies or escrow etc.

Aug 14, 2015 07:42 AM
Dawn Olson

Yep. Got one from Cheng Gong.

The house would be a cash buy,and please understand i and my wife are satisfied with the pictures and

information we have seen so far as we would like to start the

purchase process from china before we arrive USA by the end of next month.

Please find below my contact information.

Address: Flat 103 south Guangshun Road Wangjing Chaoyang District China.

Telephone: 86 76 734 25522

I am willing to pay an up front deposit of $15,000 and close mid Oct

Kindly get back to me with the next step in accord.



Aug 14, 2015 12:39 PM
Nick Rioux, ABR, CRS, CNE...

About a week a so ago, I basically received the same type of email in my inbox from Cheng Gong looking to buy a home in a Blue Collar Town for $450,000!! Then I asked for a certified/notarized bank statement for proof of funds for his all cash deal Offer and I received one supposedly from the 'Bank of Communications' (Really!). The logo for the bank was cut and pasted onto his PDF and his statement showed that he has $8.5M in it... I'm sooo glad I Googled his name and China address.

Aug 19, 2015 05:23 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

For everyone involved in real estate transactions, the key is vigilance and making sure that what is happening should be happening.

Oct 04, 2015 04:32 PM
Micah Utt

Jun Sying from Hong King is currently asking to buy one of my listings for cash. I will spare you the details and simply say that the situation is a carbon copy of so many I just read about in these comments. (Cash purchase with bank statement provided, buy sight unseen, $15,000 ready to deposit, needs attorney info asap).

Oct 29, 2015 11:50 PM
Felice LaMarca

Same email from Jun Sying to me as well. He/She is waiting for me to send a contract. Be waiting a long time.

Nov 03, 2015 05:47 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Bryan - Well, this scam is still happening. This time, I was contacted by a Mr. Chao, who currently lives in Canada. This scam is sending money to an attorney, canceling the check, or writing the check for too much, and hoping to get the attorney to send a refund check.

Nov 06, 2015 12:59 AM
Erin Ann Martin

Same story here in Delaware (also an attorney state) but this time I was contacted by a Miles Lee ( He also contacted another agent in my office with the same exact communication as he had done with me. Both of our "leads" came in from Point2Point.

Thank very much for your respond,
Please find below my Address and phone number
12b Chao Wai Avenue Chao Yang District Beijing China
Telephone: 86 57 423 04422
Please i and my wife love and are very OK with the pictures of the house and info we saw on the internet so far as
we would like to begin the purchase of the house from china before we arrive USA by the end of next Month.
Please again we would not like to lose this house.
Me and my wife are in China at the but hope to be in America next Month as the house would be a cash buy.

Please find attached a scan copy of my bank statement if you need it.
I would like to pay an upfront deposit of $12,500 and to close middle of January.
Please i await your respond and kindly respond with the next step,thanks.



Nov 10, 2015 12:16 AM
Ramona Homier

I received one from Miles Lee, offering full prices cash offer closing in two months. He wanted everything sent electronically. I then called one of my settlement attorney's he immediately said he has seen this before. The client sends a bogus check and they after a week or so he will cancel the sale and request the funds returned.

Nov 16, 2015 04:52 AM
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God bless him

Nelson Mac

Feb 29, 2016 05:49 PM
Kelly Roller

Same story. William Tao wanting to purchase $410,000 home sight unseen, wanting to close with an attorney (not title company), $15,000 deposit, only communicates via e-mail and lives in Beijing, but will be here for the closing in 2 months.

Mar 26, 2018 04:10 AM

And now they move to purchasing high end luxury boats.

From: Chan Kai
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 6:58 PM
To: Cindy
Subject: Re: 57' Jeanneau 57

That is great news,am in China but i will like to initiate the buying
of the boat from here before my arrival in U S A next month ending
will that be OK by you?

The boat would be a cash buy and please understand i and my wife are
satisfied with the pictures and information we have seen so far as we

My wife and i would not like to lose the boat because we are in china.

Address: 111,Dong Feng Xi Lu,Yuexiu Qu,Guangzhou Shi Guangzhou,China.
Telephone: 86 76 734 25501


Apr 17, 2018 06:15 PM
Kelly Roller

William Tao (williamtao44@gmail) insisted he close with an attorney (or at least the attorney hold the deposit) in a state that closes with title companies. He sent a deposit of $499,970 in form of a check drawn off National Bank of Canada AFTER Mr Tao and seller had both signed a mutual release of the contract for Mr Tao's non-performance in meeting earnest money deadline. And the purchase amount was only $425,000 to begin with. I had previously sent the attorney this link because it all sounded the same as the above posts. The attorney called the bank in canada and was informed it was a fraudulent check.

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Sep 19, 2018 11:46 AM

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Apr 12, 2019 08:18 AM

My realtor, in NC, just got an offer from China for a cash buy. My first reaction was to laugh and say it’s obviously a scam. My realtor said he contacted several of his folks and swears the guy is legit. My gut still says scam. My daughter called me a racist. What? After finally giving in, my realtor starts the negotiations and my gut steps back in and said it’s a scam. My goodness, this realtor is gullible. The Title Co Attorney didn’t want to deal with the guy feeling the same as me. Once again, my realtor is saying he will go through another attorney. I asked him to ensure he vetted these loonies before they get to me. Bottom line, I pick up the internet and in a few minutes find this guy is a scammer. Now, I’m wanting a new Realtor.

Oct 10, 2019 04:15 PM