This morning we had a call and a visit from a young man with a family looking for a home to rent in the Kerrville area. He had come from one of our listings located in the country. This listing is for sale only!
It is not for rent!
Why did he think it was?
He says he found it on TRULIA, he believes. Looking at the emails it looks like the scammer got his info from a lead service. He contacted the people advertising it and it was someone in Nigeria!
Not me, not our office.
He produced 4 different emails from the party he was talking to and the story sounded so good. This home was a bargain and he was about to send the rental money and deposit to this out of the country address. Before he did so, we went out to walk around the house and realized it was occupied. Our client was not happy to say the least that someone was walking around her house without an agent.
It is a scam I have heard of before that happened in large cities, now it has come to the country. We have the address in Nigeria and the email address of the sender but what good is that? A police report will be made and an email sent to all the Realtors(R) in the area to warn them.
This is my warning for you. Let Trulia know and agents, let your sellers and potential buyers and renters know what is happening. This is another good reason to work with a well known established REALTOR(R). It is your hard earned money. Don't send it to NIGERIA!
RICKI EICHLER REAL ESTATE 2916 Memorial Blvd Kerrville, TX 78028