The REALTOR Stalker From Fresno

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Real Estate Agent with California Properties 01947830

I was browsing through my emails last night before going to bed when a new message popped into my inbox. It was from someone named "Kenneth" and the subject line read "Kristina Fruneaux."

"Hmmmmm," I thought. "It's probably another spam." My curiosity was not even remotely piqued, but I opened it anyway. "Dear Kristina," the email began. " I found your name on the Internet and browsed through your profile and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may not be the right platform, however, I would like you to know that I am in love with you. I would really like to know you more, and perhaps we can get serious with each other." He continued on describing himself, adding that he is 65 years old and a California Resident.

Well, HELLO, ewwww! NOW I was certainly piqued, but not positively. I mean, WHO does this? It's creepy, and weird. Besides my initial reaction of distaste, however, I didn't really take the email seriously. I forwarded it to a couple of my friends just to share the story (the subject line this time was OMG ewww) and then I went to bed. This morning, though, one of my very astute friends offered some insight. Aside from the fact that it's abnormal, the message apparently came from a corporate email address: ken1@precixxxcxxxenginxxxng.com. She suggested I look the company up, and if need be, contact their Human Resources Department to enlist their help if the guy persisted in the future. I decided to Google the company to see what I could find out about this guy. What I found was another surprise. Yes, the company in question is a real and REPUTABLE company, and they have a Facebook Page. "Perfect!" I thought. "I'll just browse around and see what pops up." As soon as I clicked to the Facebook page, I noticed a fairly lengthy chain of conversation (from only a day ago) between numerous women who said they are California REALTORS and that they had received a creepy email from a guy named "Kenneth." The IT Manager for Precision C.E. explained that their system had been hacked in October and that they had already filed complaints regarding this issue. The company had even notified the FBI AND the local ADA. He also noted that the REAL company email is .net and NOT .com.

While I was relieved to see that I hadn't been singled out by a weirdo focused only on me,  I was disconcerted to know that there is a guy on the loose in California who has women REALTORS in his sights for harrassment. Despite the complaints, and the report to the FBI, and despite the fact (according to the comments on the Facebook page) that this guy doesn't seem too hard to find,  he is still able to actively send targeted emails.  I think it is unsettling (at best) that as of now, his intentions are unknown. Is he just a bored creep stirring the pot, or is he sinister, and just getting started? Is he phishing for victims? Do we need to be concerned for our safety in regards to this guy, specifically?

Calling the Police and filing a report with the FBI is apparently not enough to shut this down. Unfortunately, guys like this get the "run of the internet" because they can bank on anonymity and also perhaps on an unwillingness on the part of the law to spend time chasing "petty" crimes like "Romantic Scam Emails" to women REALTORS.

It goes without saying that (unfortunately) ALL REALTORS should be on heightened alert at all times. After all, we meet with unknown members of the general public daily as part of our regular work functions. Of COURSE we need to take precautions to protect our personal safety at all times. I do think, however, that instituting a ZERO tolerance policy in situations like this would go a long way towards making our profession a safer one.

In the mean time, my California REALTOR Colleagues, watch out for Kenneth. He signed off by saying, " It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written to you. I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out."

I QUITE agree with Ken: the nerve is mind-boggling, and I, too would like to see this play out. Here's MY version of a happy ending: I bet the FBI could shut Ken down tomorrow if they wanted to. Wouldn't that be lovely?

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Kristina,  We cannot be too careful.  We are easy targets because we are "out there" and for the most part, can be reached easily.  This is creepy beyond words. Stay safe out there.

Jan 19, 2017 04:02 PM #1
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing this experience. Be careful out there!

Jan 19, 2017 04:27 PM #2
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Wow! That is frightening for sure! We can never be too careful in our industry. 

Jan 19, 2017 04:44 PM #3
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Sarah, John Rummage
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Quite unsettling. A Facebook page for Realtors is very helpful to pass the word about individuals who are contacting agents and acting strangely so that all can be on extra alert. 

Jan 19, 2017 05:07 PM #4
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Gina

LOL....I just received an email from the same person this morning

Ken
Today, 3:42 AM

Dear Gina Galang,

My name is Kenneth, I found your name on the Internet and browsed through your profile and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may not be the right platform, however, I would like you to know that I am in love with you. I would really like to know you more, and perhaps we can get serious with each other.

I am an easy going person who loves making new friends to share ideas with. I love traveling, reading and I love to play golf some times. I love life and also love making people happy.

I'm a 65 year old Caucasian man from California and a successful well to do professional engineer working mostly on international contracts. I'm divorced with 2 kids, though they don't live with me. It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written to you. I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out.

Kindly write me back so that I can tell you more about me.

Much love,

Kenneth.

Jan 23, 2017 10:59 AM #5
Anonymous
K.T.

I just received the same email but from "Albert" yesterday...very creepy.

Dear K------------,

My name is Albert, I found your name while looking up some properties sometime ago with a friend and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may not be the right or suitable platform to reach out to you. However, I would like you to know that I am in love with you, and would really like to know you more; perhaps you are the missing rib and the completeness of my life.

I am an easy going person who loves making new friends to share ideas with. I love traveling, reading and I love to play golf some times. I love life and also love making people happy. Life is worthless if one doesn't share ones life with somebody special.

I'm a 65 year old Caucasian man from California and a successful well to do professional engineer (Independent Contractor) working mostly on international contracts. I'm divorced with 2 grown kids, though they don't live with me. It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written to you. If you don't mind, I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out.

Kindly write me back so that I can tell you more about me.

Much love,

Al

Jan 28, 2018 09:25 AM #6
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Anonymous

Copy cat in Maryland, or the same person? Stay safe out there my Realtor friends. Received this yesterday.Dear Stacey,My name is Albert, I found your name while looking up some real estate websites sometime ago with a friend and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may not be the right or suitable platform to reach out to you. However, I would like you to know that I am in love with you, and would really like to know you more; perhaps God has a purpose for you and I. Please do not let this email scare or puzzle you, as I mean you no harm. I really couldn't think of any other way to make this contact.I am an easy going person who loves making new friends to share ideas with. I love traveling, reading and I love to play golf some times. I'm a strong, energetic and a vibrant man, full of life. My favorite hobby is to make people happy and laugh. Life is worthless if one doesn't share ones life with somebody special.I'm a 65 year old Caucasian man from Maryland and a successful well to do professional engineer (Independent Contractor) working mostly on international contracts. I'm divorced with 2 grown kids, though they don't live with me. It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written to you. If you don't mind, I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out.Kindly write me back so that I can tell you more about me.Much love,Al---------- Forwarded message ---------From: Albert .

Apr 03, 2018 04:45 AM #7
Anonymous
Arlene

Still at it. Just received today:

Dear Arlene,


My name is Tim, I found your name while looking up some properties sometime ago with a friend and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may not be the right or suitable platform to reach out to you. However, I would like you to know that I am in love with you, and would really like to know you more; perhaps God has a purpose for you and I. Please do not let this email scare or puzzle you, as I mean you no harm. I really couldn't think of any other way to make this contact.

I am an easy going person who loves making new friends to share ideas with. I love traveling, reading and I love to play golf some times. I'm a strong, energetic and a vibrant man, full of life. My favorite hobby is to make people happy and laugh. Life is worthless if one doesn't share ones life with somebody special.

I'm a 65 year old white man from Virginia and a successful well to do professional engineer (Independent Contractor) working mostly on international contracts. I'm divorced with 2 grown kids, though they don't live with me. It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written to you. If you don't mind, I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out.

Kindly write me back so that I can tell you more about me.

Much love,

Tim

Jan 22, 2019 02:59 PM #8
Anonymous
Tamara M

Almost 2 years later and he's still at it! I'm a realtor in Austin, TX, and I just got my SECOND letter from this Lothario today, although he goes by "Timothy" in Texas. He sent me the exact letter about 5 months ago, and a colleague received one as well. He adds a big red heart on his messages now, and his salutation is "Dear Last Name, First Name" so he's obviously using a list of names from somewhere. Is it possible that NAR or our local Boards of Realtors have had their databases hacked?

Dear M, Tamara (I deleted my last name)

I am by first name Timothy, a 65 year old white male from Texas, and a successful Independent Contractor working mostly on international contracts. I came across your profile on a certain Real Estate website, and you seemed to me like a nice, loving and lovable person. Though this may certainly not be the right or suitable platform to begin a relationship. However, I would like you to know that I am in love with you, and would really like to know you more. Please do not let this email scare or puzzle you, as I mean you no harm. I really couldn't think of any other way to make this contact.

I am an easy going person who loves making new friends to share ideas with. I love traveling, reading and I love to play lawn tennis some times. I'm a strong, energetic and a vibrant man, full of life. My favorite hobby is to make people happy and laugh. Life is worthless if one doesn't share one’s life with somebody special. I'm divorced with 2 grown kids, and they’re both married with kids each.

It took me quite a lot of nerve to write you through this unusual platform, letting you know that I mean every word I've just written regarding how I feel about you. If you don't mind, I would like us to give each other a chance to see how it plays out.

Kindly write me back so I can tell you more about me.

Much love,
Timothy

Nov 06, 2019 10:10 AM #9
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Elizabeth

Got the same today from Ron..... identicalI’m in California

Nov 07, 2019 10:01 PM #10
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