Dodging a text-bullet.

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential

There must be a new scam out there.

I've been receiving random texts from complete strangers. 

So they started their text to me with a very clever opening line "hi".

I responded with an equally clever "Who is this?"

"I found your picture on Active Rain, and I like you"

"Well, isn't that special?"

"Yeah. Where are you from?"

Now, maybe it's just me, but I replied:

"If you found me on Active Rain, you should already know where I'm from."

"LOL... I just wanted to know more about you..."

"Everything you need to know about me is on my profile".

The brain-trust at the other end then said "I just to talk to you as pal so i don't need to use what i saw over there as part of our conversation"

"I'm not looking for any new text-pals... thanks". 

Phew... bullet dodged.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, 1710 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
847.425.3779      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Oh great just what I need spam text

Feb 05, 2018 04:07 PM #1
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Alan May 

I got a "HELLO" text at 5:00AM today. Did not respond! Do you think I should??

Feb 05, 2018 04:09 PM #2
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

Sounds like trouble.  I'd delete it immediately.  Who knows what sort of stuff they might be trying to do.

I've been getting short emails from people on my contacts list.  It's usually something simple like I thought you might enjoy this video and then there is a link.  When I got the same sort of emails from a variety of people who haven't emailed for quite some time I figured that it was some sort of scam.  I never clicked.

Feb 05, 2018 04:46 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Alan- Personally if I'm going to get Spam, I'd rather get the kind in a can that is totally bad for you but if done right can taste pretty good. 

Feb 05, 2018 05:51 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Alan May,

I've not received texts but my cell is burning up with calls like this! Its so did dodge the bullet!

Feb 05, 2018 06:51 PM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Yes I have been getting Spam Texts too lucky my delete button works full time and it also blocks real well... Funny part is on Instagram I did not realize there are so many young hot women that want me:))Endre

Feb 05, 2018 10:04 PM #6
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is one I've not had (yet)... but plenty of others that I've permanently blocked. I've had similar such messages on Facebook and LinkedIn, however.

Feb 06, 2018 05:41 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Alan May - I haven't had any spam text mail yet. I would not respond. I don't like time any stealer and this is definitely a time stealer!

Feb 06, 2018 05:43 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Alan. You have more patience than I do for sure! Enjoy your day!

Feb 06, 2018 05:46 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. I don't text because the cost on my plan is prohibitive. That said I have gotten friend requests from creeps all over the world lately. Whew is right.

Feb 06, 2018 06:34 AM #10
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I have had some odd texts from time to time, but I can't say I have dealt with this just yet.

Feb 06, 2018 08:59 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think your wife would appreciate you not carry that conversation further.

Feb 06, 2018 02:59 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

"Oh, and may I have your birthdate and social security number please?"  Ya gotta just love 'em!

Feb 06, 2018 06:42 PM #13
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

I never thought spam could be so prolific but now I no longer respond to messages from numbers I don't know without a good deal of verifiable info.

Mar 08, 2018 05:42 AM #14
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Well aren't you chatty, pal!
I NEVER respond to stuff like that. They just get blocked.

Mar 08, 2018 08:06 AM #15
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

Did you happen to google the number Alan May?  Just curious.  A lot of times, the number comes up as problematic.    

Mar 08, 2018 08:52 AM #16
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