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Sample Real Estate Scam E-Mails

Below are e-mails received from actual scammers. If the e-mail sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Be cautious if you receive emails similar to any of these below. NEVER send your personal, bank or mortgage information to anyone!

#1 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:


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The 1st email received by the scammer (seems almost innocent):

Message from email address: RICHARD GERE <richie_g06@yahoo.com>

Helo Dear, I am interested in buying your property, please let me know the final prize. Thank you. Regards, Richard (NOTE: a legitimate buyer would want to see the home before saying they want to buy your home and wanting to know the final price)

The 2nd email received (now, they want to know some private information):

I believe first to secure the Realtor/House through a deposit before any arrangement is to be made. I am impressed with the property, I should love to call you to discuss with you but am on a field assignment in London and would like to know the followings about your property: (NOTE: beware of overseas buyers)

1. Your bottom price once again
2. Is the property originally painted?
3. What major repairs has been done?
4. How the property has been maintained.
5. Any records available?
6. How many owners?
7. Insurance certificate if any?
8. When did you buy the property and why do you want to sell it?
9. Are you a US citizen?
10. The property and the ownership is on whose name?
(NOTE: Questions 6 - 10 are asking private information that you should not reveal to buyers)

However, I would like to know your last price (non-negotiable)from that of the net price for onward transaction, if your price is OK then I can arrange for a deposit while my agent will call you to arrange for the house/realtor inspection and other necessary renovation if any will be taken care of by him. Do get back to me immediately as I have limited time to conclude this this transaction (NOTE: the urgency to "Act Now")

Till I hear from you have a wonderful day.
Regards
Richard
Office;+447031834901
(NOTE: this phone # is an Internet cafe)
FAX: +447092874237
Cell;+447024068917

The 3rd email received (now, they claim to be sending the money to you)

Thanks for the response. I have got your details. Just want you to be informed that the fund that will be sent to you will be $440,000. Regards.

#2 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address:
rose_guei922@yahoo.ca (rose_guei922@yahoo.ca)

rose_guei922@yahoo.ca My Dear, I am Miss Rose Guei I am the Daughter of late Mr George Koffi. I have sum fund valued $10.500, 000Us to retrieve from a security company which my late Father deposited. I have the documents and i am the next of kin and. I have nobody to help me, please if you can help me kindly email me back on this email ( rose_guei922@yahoo.ca ) for more details. Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated. Regards, Rose Guei.

#3 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: garron smith (garronsmith_10@yahoo.com)

Dear seller, my client is interested in buying your property,please get back to me with the price if it is available. SMITH

#4 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: Dr. Charles Norton (charlesnorton_dr@hotmail.co.uk)

Good Day Sir/Madam, My name is Dr. Charles Norton, I work with the British parliament here in U.K and i am presently transferred to British Embassy in U.S.A. My office want to make a provision of accommodation for me due to my transfer to the U.S.A., On my little search i saw your house on the Advert, which falls in area i am looking for. Please get back to me with the following information if the house is still available for sale. 1...Were you the owner or an agent? 2...Where is the exact location of the house? 3...State your bottom price. I will like to view its recent pictures if available. Hope to hear from you soonest. Regards, Dr. Charles Norton +44 702 406 2997 +44 703 184 2356 charlesnorton_dr@hotmail.co.uk

#5 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: Rodney McCoy (rodneymccoy2222@yahoo.com)

My name is Rodney McCoy and I work with a Commercial Bank here in the UK. (London -England)

We had a customer (Dr. Pitt Colby) that had a deposit of (3,900,000) Million Pound Sterlings GBP) before he died in a plane crash with his wife and only Child about 6 yrs now (January 30,2000) and since he died, we in the Bank here have been expecting his / her next of kin/relative(s)for the inheritance of the deposit, but none has surfaced.

The policy of the Bank however stipulates a limited time period for such inheritance to be made or the fund will be written off going by the record of the incident, the time limit for the claim is closing up. In this consideration, I am contacting you to seek for your kind understanding and sincere co-operation to claim this inheritance for our mutual benefit in view of the fact that you have the same LAST NAME with the deceased customer comes from the same country of origin with you and secondly you are a property agent who can also give me and my family a professional advice on how to invest this funds because that is my major interest.

If you can stand as the next of kin in this project, success is assured because I am in possession of the personal file jacket of the decease which contains every needed information about the deceased account, you and I stand no risk of any kind because I have enough information to support you in claiming the inheritance. The proceedings of the transaction will be shared 50% each after expenses are reimbursed. Kindly indicate your willingness to assist me and we shall proceed with the initial step for the claim.The entire project is expected to last for about ten working days.

Note; The confidentiality of this transaction is very important to me and i will be preparing with my family to join you in the states as soon as you confirm the receipt of the money through bank transfer. Thanks once again for your time, effort and understanding.

Best Regards,
Rodney McCoy
44-7031909131 / Fax NO; 44-87-0912-2737

#6 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: bta144@basilicatanet.it

Reply in Good Faith.. Complement of the season and a prosperous new year to you and your beloved family. Do not be astonished for receiving this mail as I was decide to send this mail to you . Please I seek your permission and would want to get myself introduce to you. I am introducing my self as Miss .BENEDITA TYRESE ALFRED, the only Daughter of late Chief and Mrs NICHOLAS MARSHELL ALFRED , I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction., And I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country. or possible any good lucrative business you know much better then me. I have Four million eight hundred thousand united states dollars.USD($4.800,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner who he deposited the consignment on his behalf into the security, the consignment was deposited in Africa and was letter lifted to Europe where the consignment is now under the care of the security company . According to the director of the company. I will still go to the security company and fine out more as soon as I hear seriously from you. Please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email address:(bat_4love@yahoo.com ) for further explanation on the whole entire work plan. Awaiting your immediate response Thanks and God bless. Best Regards ( bat_4love@yahoo.com ) BENEDITA TYRESE ALFRED

#7 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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From: garron smith <garronsmith_10@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, June 2, 2007 6:53:16 PM
Subject: Deposit To Hold The Property And Consider It Sold To My Client

Dear Friend,
my client has accepted your offer .I will make a deposit of ($200,000) to you for the property. I have made out a certified cashiers check of ($208,000) then the balance of $8,000 is for my broker for his trip to the states for property inspection and other necessary renovation and welfare.So you're required to deduct the deposit of ($200,000) and send the balance of($8,000) to my broker via money gram money transfer or western union money transfer to enable him off set other necessary arrangements.So if you accept the above terms we can proceed with the transaction.
Please Confirm this and provide;

Your legal name,
Full contact address and
Phone/fax number

as required for check payment to be delivered direct to you,this is for security reasons. So if we are to proceed with the transaction am expecting your full deposit information immediately. Thanks for your co-operation and understanding..
God bless you...

NB: Consider your property sold to my client. I look forward doing business with you.
Below is my client's information that will be in the Title:
Engr James .P. Davison
Canadian General Supervisor on
International oil and gas industry.
1252 Haro Street,
Vancouver Bc Canada V6E 1G2.

#8 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: Steve Archer
info2stevearcher_agency@yahoo.co.uk

Hello, This is Steve Archer, i am an Estate agent based in the U.K, i have received a contract from a client Shirk Ahmed Muktar of Saudi Arabia to purchase a befitting house in your location. I have interest in your above named property because the location suits my client's demand and will really appriciate it if you will sell to my client . Please email me if this property is still up for sale with more details so we can negotiate and make a close on this listed property as soon as possible. Do also include in your reply the last offer price you are willing to accept, very important. Your urgent response will be highly appreciated. Thanks and my best regards to your family. Sincerely yours, Steve Archer. info2stevearcher_agency@yahoo.co.uk

#9 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: Edward (jonesinvestment@aol.com)

Greetings, Am Edward Jones i hail from the uk,am planning on relocating to the U.S because of my recent transfer to your country, so i like you to mail me the recent pictures so as to know the present condition and also for proper verification,i will also like to know the asking price it will go for.so pls mail me back to know your terms.so we can disscuss payment options...I have my secretary online most time so immediately you mail she will get back to me.A.S.A.P Edward +447031832665

#10 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: Tony Dandee (myowninvestmentpls@yahoo.com)

Dear Property owner, Good to write you about your lovely property.i want to buy this property,i will like to know more about the property and the owner.thanks and hope to hear from you soonest. yours faithfully Tony +233-27-5092439

#11 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: SAMANTHA JORGE (samantha_jorge003@yahoo.com)

Hello Seller, I will like to purchase the house and i will like to know the condition of the house with the final firm price of the house and i will be paying via bank to bank transfer. if the term is okay and do make sure you also attached the pic;s of the house with the bank information to make sure the transfer is done immediately and once you have received the comfirmation from your bank that the money have been transfer then you contact me . i will be waiting to hear from you Thank's

#12 Real Example of an E-Mail Scam:

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Message from email address: DR PHILIP WILLIAMS (philipwilliams101@yahoo.com)

I am Dr Philip Williams.I am a Medical Doctor here in United Kingdom. I was reliably informed about your listed property for sale. I am impressed with your property. I want to discuss price,visitation to see the property ,contract form and payment. If this interest you,send me an email with informations to this transaction including payment method so that we can conclude as soon as possible. Best Regards, Dr Philip Williams

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