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Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Beware of the Scam Artists!

They can be on the Internet with an email that asks you to verify your bank account.  Everything looks like your bank...but your bank won't ask you to do that!

Home InvasionAs times are getting more difficult we are seeing new wrinkles in the way scam artists are looking to get money.

Here is one that should be considered very dangerous.  A person coming to your door says they are from the water department...they say they have been told you have a leak and need to check your water lines or meter inside your home.  This is a home invasion technique. 

All city workers make appointments for repairs.  They will not come to your home un-announced to check your water quality either....that is another one of the ploys.  They have identification.

Mostly this has been used on elderly residents.  So make sure your elder family members and friends areHome Invasion Crimes aware of this scam.  Locally we have heard of 3 attempts to access homes using this ploy.

We were told of another approaching people saying he was an undercover police officer and wanted to check the residence for a criminal that could be hiding inside.  They flash a toy badge and try to gain access.  No one has been hurt yet...but this is a very dangerous situation.

Get the word out to your family, friends and neighbors.

Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Yep.  I get these notices regularly from BofA, Chase and various banks and credit unions with which I have no account.

Feb 21, 2009 02:08 AM
Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375
Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions" - Grand Rapids, MI
Real Estate Services You can Trust!

Hi Lenn, you and me both....I have gotten a few calls on my business phone lately from companies that want to verify my credit cards too....not likely!  Thanks for the comments Lenn.

Feb 21, 2009 02:43 AM
Goodbye Active Rain
Out of Real Estate

Thank you for the post and getting the information out to everyone.

Feb 21, 2009 03:12 AM
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI

Your posting is a good reminder of things for people to watch out for.  Several years ago, I was a felony prosecutor, and I prosecuted several people for home invasions that resulted from various defendants gaining access to homes after posing as utility company employees who were supposedly checking things out.  People need to always be cautious of unannounced/unscheduled "inspections" by people they do not know.

Feb 21, 2009 05:41 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

Important to remind older people.  My mom can't remember because she forgot, and I think a lot of folks get that way.

Feb 26, 2009 02:43 PM