Wednesday, July 18, 2012

How I was almost the victim of an online scam...


This post isn't fitness related.
This post isn't healthy living related
It isn't a recipe, a workout, or even fun.

I was the victim (kind of) of a online realty scam.
I know that this has been happening a lot and all over so I wanted to share this with all of you.

Here's the story:
I found a property in my hometown on trulia.com, the price was PERFECT for us so I immediately reached out to the "homeowner."

The first email he sent was way to personal, telling me about his family-religion-job-where he is currently living, etc.
He signed all of his emails with "god bless"

However, I was being naive and went along with it.
We emailed back and forth a bunch of times over the past three days
I even had my aunt look into the name of the person (she is a realtor) and his name checked out as the home owner.



Here are a few things that weren't adding up:
1- There was a real estate sign on the property
2- There were cars in the driveway, even though he told me it was unoccupied because they moved out of state
3- He obviously couldn't show me the house because he is out of state, so I could go walk around the property...which I did, twice.
4- Told me he would remove the sign and cars as soon as I wired him money
5- The emails had horrible spelling and grammar
6- The phone number he used was through Magic Jack (I called it twice)
 7- His "application" was very vague, however he has my name and address which worries me and my family a little.


I called the real estate agent this morning and let him know what is going on. It turns out the homeowner and him are good friends and have been for years.
The homeowner isn't in Maryland...he is in NY and has always been in NY.
 
He was VERY thankful I reached out to him and is going to contact proper authorities to sort this out.
Because this person is using the homeowners name AND stealing money.


All in all I am upset I let myself get duped even though I had an idea as to what was going on this entire time.

Please be careful.
Use an agent.
Don't become a victim of an online scam.
Don't give out any personal information online.

Like my dad has been saying for the past few days
"If something seems too good to be true...it usually is."


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