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Be Cautious. Potential Danger.

posted Feb 21, 2017, 4:49 PM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 4:50 PM ]
Dear PSAR Member,

Although September is National REALTOR® Safety Month, it is imperative that we stay vigilant year round.
Recently in the south bay, we received reports from four agents about a suspicious man who is contacting female agents and asking them to help him purchase a home. Although we have urged those agents to make police reports, we wanted to share the story with you as well in an effort to raise awareness.

Here was one of the reports PSAR received from one agent.

"He called asking for direction on how to buy a home. He started by asking me what steps he needed to take. I went ahead and let him know he needed to be pre-approved for a loan. He said he didn't need a loan because he had cash. He then proceeded to tell me that he was recently drafted. He claimed to be a professional baseball player. Then he told me he wanted to meet as soon as possible because he was leaving in March and needed to buy the house for his mom before he left.

Something didn't seem right. When I asked what team he was drafted to, he hung up on me. Then called me back and blamed bad phone connection. He never answered my questions and again as asked if we could meet as soon as possible.

I asked him for proof of funds but he never agreed to send them to me. He was just kept wanting to meet. I told him I would call him back with a time to meet, but something in my gut told me not to meet him".

We urge our members to be alert.  Never let the excitement of a potential commission cloud your judgment.

Sincerely,

Sarah Heck
2017 President
Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®