LANDLORDS, beware! New Scam!

Real Estate Agent with MavRealty

Hello -

There is a great article today on - click HERE for the full details!

The basics are:

Scam artists are using to locate home and condo rentals.  They often involve the good 'ol, "I'm moving from Europe/Asia/Austrailia and my financier will send you a deposit check".  When the check arrives, it is for much more than the agreed deposit.  The "lessee" then contacts the landlord, stating that their "financier" accidentally included the "lessee's" travel expenses, etc in the deposit check - could the landlord kindly refund the overpayment?  You know the rest.....the cashier's check isn't legit, and the landlord is out a wad of cash - and has no tenant. 

This is particularly common in areas with a large renter pool, like near a university - so watch out, ASU landlords!

As always, if it seems fishy, RUN!  Be sure to report anything suspicious to the authorities - you may help catch a criminal, and save some other naive soul from being conned!

Sharon Kotula, ABR
Adam Tarr, e-PRO
Your Phoenix Area Real Estate Source
RE/MAX Excalibur
Scottsdale, AZ

Comments (11)

John Cilladi
Keller Williams Real Estate - Exton, PA
REALTOR, EcoBroker, e-PRO

It takes all kinds.

Thanks for the heads-up. 

Apr 26, 2007 05:26 AM
Lanette Branch
RE/MAX Components - Fallston, MD
Bel Air, MD Real Estate Agent

Hi Sharon,

Sounds like a new twist on the Nigerian Bank Scam.  Thanks for the heads up; I'll be sure to pass the info. along.

Apr 26, 2007 05:27 AM
Phillip Cross
TBD - In transition... - Seal Beach, CA
ePRO Realtor - Relocation Spec
Sharon - Wow! they think of all kinds of scams... I will pass this info onto my office and clients. Thanks
Apr 26, 2007 05:36 AM
Michael Thompson
CENTURY 21 Anderson Properties, Inc. - Anderson, SC

There are lots of scams floating around the Internet. I frequently get emails from some poor soul who is related to royalty, but need my help to re-locate to this country. I have even received an opportunity to be the financial manager of a foreign company which required me to open a bank account in my name.

So, we need to use caution on everything that enters our email boxes. The ole cliche' "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not true" certainly applies.



Apr 26, 2007 05:40 AM
Sharon Kotula

David -
ROFL!!!  Your response is HILARIOUS!!!  Thanks for sharing!


May 03, 2007 05:22 AM
Daniel Gates
Insure Consulting - Palm Bay, FL

David - very funny, how did that Nigerian deal work out by the way?

Adam & Sharron - I will keep this in mind, I have never seen it come my way, but who knows.

May 06, 2007 11:18 AM
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F
I must get 5 or 6 emails from people like this every week.  I just send them to the junk email file.
Sep 20, 2007 02:14 PM


Very sadly I came across this scam recently. I guess I was navie, I did not hear or is aware of these scams going on.  Luckily, I did not fall for it.  I wrote back informing them that the police are now involve, they are now doing an investigation and will be contacting them.  The police are close in tracking them down.  I never heard from them again.  Really, I might be navie, but do they think that I am that NAVIE, give me a break. 

Oct 10, 2007 08:33 AM
Lance Winslow
The Car Wash Guy - Malibu, CA
Apparently, in searching these things on the Internet I see several Fraud Cases of various magnitudes concerning different types of real estate transactions in this area. Surprised at the number in Scottsdale in fact. People should be careful:


Feb 16, 2008 02:59 PM
Brad MacLay
MacLay Real Estate, LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Yes, my ads receive these types of 'inquiries' as well, it can't hurt to be reminded again, because people who have criminal minds tend to get more creative as technology evolves. We should also be very careful as an industry when we receive requests to show property via email, and the person is hesitant to talk on the phone or give a phone number. Be safe out there!

Thanks for the chuckle David!

Mar 23, 2009 09:00 AM
I received 3 of these. I thouht something wasn't right they even sent pictures of their family members . I told them if they wanted to rent I would need name, address, ss number and Visa. I doubt I will hear back from them. They also kept stressing that I call an internatinal number. I stated my number was posted call me! Nowadays you have to watch and check everyone. When I googled this professor and his wife nothing came up. In addition they are trying to rush m and want me to sign for furniture which I felt very uncomfortable with. So Beware People ae so underhanded these days.
Sep 10, 2009 08:16 AM