Caution Online Relationships !

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291
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This was inspired by a question from  Francine Viola that got a lot of comments. It was personal about a client/friend who confided her plan to leave her husband for an online "friend".

 

 

I had a bit similar situation...only the husband had recently passed away.

My sad and lonely client/friend was infatuated with an on-line relationship.

He convinced her that he wanted to buy a home near her and she wanted my help to find a property.  Of course he was paying cash. I asked for his information and, of course, proof of funds.

 

I could see the huge flashing CAUTION sign.

Not wanting to burst her bubble since she was already"falling" for this person...

 

 I gently said: "Has he asked you for any money?


At the time he had not. I asked that she call me right away if he does. It was a very short time later when he started asking for small sums. No question without my warning, she would have sent him the money.

 

 

 scam alert Margaret Rome

 

 

 

Amazing when she gave him some excuse why she could not advance him funds...the contact stopped immediately.

I am pretty sure we caught this scammer before any monetary  harm was done.

Emotional harm...now that's another story.

 

Please alert your clients, family, friends. Many do not share these scams because they are embarrased. 

Can we help get the word out?

 

Margaret Rome

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Laura Cerrano So good to see you and read your comment. This is so unfair to unsuspecting people

May 09, 2018 10:40 PM #5
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William Feela
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Smooth talkers and they hit the vulnerable. ON-Line scams are so prevelent.

May 10, 2018 02:01 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
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It always surprises me to see how many stories I hear of people who fall for this. Online scamming can be very scary. Thanks for warning!

May 10, 2018 04:10 AM #7
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Margaret. Emotions trump sound judgment without some intervention. Enjoy your day!

May 10, 2018 05:09 AM #8
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Recently, I have been sent "Friend" requests from strangers on Facebook.  And, most are "supposedly" from males providing profiles of being some high ranking military person.  I delete these on sight.  

May 10, 2018 08:02 AM #9
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Francine Viola
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Hi Margaret - my client probably posted something that said she was unhappy, and then this guy swooped in promising to save the day.  Scammers are looking for vulnerable people.  I hope it works out for my client but what a bad situation.

May 10, 2018 08:55 AM #10
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Margaret I have heard of stories like this quite often this past 5 years or so.  I'm glad she listened to you and called it off at the first sign.

May 10, 2018 09:02 AM #11
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William Feela Smooth talkers and con men work with the most vulnerable.

May 10, 2018 10:39 AM #12
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I had a friend that got taken financial and emotional advantage of by someone online. It was so sad.

May 10, 2018 01:48 PM #13
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Great post it is a shame how these scams work and how many individuals fall prey to to them. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

May 10, 2018 02:30 PM #14
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When I consider all the "friends" I have on facebook I realize how few of these people I really know or have the slightest clue about.

May 10, 2018 07:07 PM #15
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Wayne Martin What a great comment! 

Emotions trump sound judgment without some intervention.

May 10, 2018 07:13 PM #16
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Myrl Jeffcoat Thank goodness for the delete button. There are plenty of lonely people who fall for these "kind" emails.

May 10, 2018 07:16 PM #17
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Chris Ann Cleland And they are so embarrased...they frequently won't talk about it.We are talking about intelligent trusting people that are taking serious advantage of.

May 10, 2018 07:18 PM #18
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Pat Champion Would like to see more of us spreading the word.

May 10, 2018 07:18 PM #19
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Joe Pryor But you are aware and savy enough to recognize a scam. 

May 10, 2018 07:21 PM #20
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Francine Viola This post was inspired by you. Would so love to see more of us educating the public.

May 10, 2018 07:29 PM #21
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker  She was one of the lucky ones! 
BTW I watched you Master Series tape from a few years ago and darn...you are really good!!

May 10, 2018 07:31 PM #22
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It is so sad, with all the effort to warn and educate people that they still fall for these scams.  It makes my blood boil.

May 11, 2018 05:44 AM #23
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Carol Williams Hoping that we, as an industry, could make the public aware and warn the most vulnerable. Thanks for your passion.

May 11, 2018 11:56 AM #24
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