The Running Realtor: Did I fall for a SCAM?

A blend of ramblings about Real Estate & Running around New Haven County and the Connecticut Shoreline

Did I fall for a SCAM?

Typically I consider myself pretty conservative and tend to use extra caution while in unfamiliar territory.  While traveling I'm always keeping a watchful eye in congested areas like airports or train stations and  keenly aware of details that seem out of place.  In the age of Internet SPAM offering all kinds of SCAMS I have learned to skim the title and hit delete.Jane Everett DG Languages & Translations

The On-Line World is such a big part of my daily routine that I check in quite often.  Before dinner Monday night I received and email that caught my eye with interest  thinking a couple from the UK that purchased a home a few months ago must have given my name to a friend.  The email from Jane Everett asked that I call her but since the time differential between the East Coast of the United States and England is 5 hours it was too late so I emailed her.

Tuesday I tried unsuccessfully to call and wondered if my cell phone required some special code to make international calls but didn't aggressively look for a solution.  Wednesday morning there was still no response so I sent a second email and did some Google searches with the information I had in an attempt to verify the phone number and email address of the prospective home buyer from the UK that would be arriving next Thursday.

A few details in the email did strike me as odd.  First was the salutation,  "Hi There," a red flag since I was never addressed by name. Next I noticed the spacing of digits between the first and second phone number, could be a simple typo but in a signature you'd expect it to be corrected.  The email also struck me as strange because it was so general but I ignored all the little clues and really thought it was legit.

My google search did turn up an exchange from Twitter.  With a little digging within Twitter I learned that this "Jane Everett" also contacted others around the country and they were trying to figure out where in the world she is relocating.

Jane Everett - DG Languages & Translations

This is not rock solid evidence of any wrong doing but the Red Flag is waving. BEWARE because"Jane Everett" may not really be out there to purchase a home in your area.

Anyone ready to undertake the adventures of searching for property in New Haven County can contact Dan Cummings - The Running Realtor via email or call my 24 hour access line : 203-672-2455

 

Comment balloon 39 commentsNo Longer Active • August 13 2008 08:59PM

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There are lots of people looking to buy in Metro Detroit from Nigeria too.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 9 years ago

Dan

It's not uncommon for international customers to request information, Make the contact with the customer. If your concerned be carful of any personal information being requested from you.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 9 years ago

You never know who is on the other side of a phone or email.  Just pay attention to those flags that are going up and always follow your gut instincts.

Posted by Latonia Parks, Certified Military Relocation Expert (Top Bragg Realty, Fayetteville NC, Home of the 82d ABN DIV) over 9 years ago

Dear Sir,

It brings me great joy to have you come across this email in hopes that you can help our cause in transferring a large deposit out of our accounts and into your Great Nation.  My associates have come across you via your Internet presence and my faith is in you to provide a streamlined processed that will both pay you handsomely, and provide my firm with the proper access to flee the failing findings of our current association.  Your expressed cooperation is very much appreciated.  I can be reached via my very private email address at chubbahubba@yahoo.com or by phone during your eastern hours, 1-918-765-2345793320.  I have included my attorney's contact info in my response to you, as we will work closely to get this resolved.  I will look forward to meeting when I reach shore.

yours in faith,

Antoine 'Chubbahubba' Hercules

Associate Founder of the Institute of Staged Discourse and...

The Ancient Asylum of American Spam

'Referrals & Sponge baths are always appreciated'

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

Dan, I get a few emails a month from people out of States in a same fashion. Scam, Scam, Scam I say.

Posted by Mana Tulberg, Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA (805 County Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Dan,

Sounds like she is a busy lady...buying real estate all over the place! I don't believe you would fall for a scam, you already knew. :)

Posted by Suzanne Sands, Somerset MA Real Estate (Pavao Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dan-Thanks for the heads up on this scam

Joe

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

These scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated.  Thanks for sharing about your experience with this one.  I would have tried doing research with Google, but would not have immediately thought of Twitter.  Another handy resource...

Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hey Dano... If she didn't include pictures, then she's not even worth the price. Trust me... I know ;-)

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 9 years ago

If it walks like a duck and sounds like I duck then it's probably a scam! 

WADDLE, WADDLE... QUACK! QUACK!

Seriously, thanks for the heads-up!

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 9 years ago

Well Dan, you did your research and found out it was a scam, who knows that the phone number might have charged your phone a bundle. Thanks for sharing, I'll be on the alert.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 9 years ago

Hey Dan so now I am going to have to add the greatest internet dectective in New Haven CT to your resume - LOL

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 9 years ago

Dan, I get tons of those in my spam folder and every now and then one sneaks into my inbox.  I just mark them as spam and delete them. 

Posted by Jon Wnoroski, Summit County Realtor (America's 1st Choice RH Realty Co., Inc.) over 9 years ago

Dan.  I got the identical mail. 

Now, I don't make international phone calls to persons.  I'm just not going to engage in time consuming phone calls and get another voice mail.

I e-mailed back the exact times I would be at my phone and invited Jane to call me. 

When I didn't get a call for two days, I dumped the mail. 

Don't forget, there are scams that direct you to call XX XXX XXX XXXX etc. that go to a 900# or similar number for which you'll be charged.  

It's a jungle out there.

This should be featured.  I'm flagging it.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Russ... I get plenty of those buyer from Nigeria with millions to burn also but I cannot comprehend anyone falling for their line of bull...

Lou... It is perfectly acceptable for international prospects to correspond via email,  I never spoke to my last buyer from the UK until he was in the States and all went fine.

Latonia... This one looked very legitimate and I'm still not 100% sure what the deal was but I did reply via email and tried to call.  I looked that real!

Sardi... With a scam letter like that failure is a sure thing.

Mana... I get a few of the Sardi type but this is the first one I received that I actually thought was a real prospect.

Suzanne... Don't think I'd ever get completely hooked but this one got me to nibbled.

Joe... Hoped to hear from a few more people that received a similar email for better confirmation that it was a spammer.

Lola... I can't take credit for the Twitter thought,  it came up via a Google search.

Cupcake... No one ever sends me pictures but even if they did I wouldn't open attachments from an unknown source.

Steve... This one had a straight strut and quiet quack...  Not an easy one to spot.

Missy... Don't congratulate me too fast... I did dial the number several times but it cut-off after 19 seconds each time.  Not sure why, assume my cell doesn't do international calls.

Bill... I'm just one of the Realtors....  William Raveis Real Estate would take credit for being the Greatest!

Jon... Normally I'd hit delete myself but for a few days I thought this was legit...

Lenn... Thanks for the confirmation!  I was still a little uncertian when I posted this but figured it was a safe gamble to call it a fake.

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dano... Then I guess I'll hold off on sending you these pics ;-)

Posted by Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte (Savvy + Company Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I live in Asheville NC and am a part owner of the Biltmore House/Estate. We have a vineyard, Hotel and 3000+ acres. I am ready to retire and therefore I am contacting fools successful real estate brokers that have the assets and common sense to know a good deal when they see it.

Please send me a deposit of $5000 and when you contact my attorney, we will discuss the final terms, which you will find very accommodating and acceptable.

Act quickly.

PS: My brother is seeking great real estate deals in your area, when will you be able to take us on a tour of the surrounding 10 counties?

There is a sucker born every minute and some people hope they hit on just one.

Posted by ActiveRain City and State Listing Group over 9 years ago

Jennifer... Always a Tease... So are you saying I shouldn't trust anything you attach?

Don... If only they were all so easy to see...

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Gee Dan - She had to be pretty slick to almost fool you. I just get the ones from my long lost relatives in Africa willing to split their millions with me if I will just sent them my bank account info.

Posted by Sandra Cummings, Real Estate Agent, Guilford Connecticut (William Raveis Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dan so many scams going on out there that it isn't even funny.  It use to be that they were very easy to identify, but not it is getting harder and harder to tell the cons from the real thing.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 9 years ago

Now the scams are morphing into real estate buyers? We have to be cautious on all emails now.

Posted by Michael Wayne Jackson, Realtor - Senior Real Estate Specialist (Coldwell Banker) over 9 years ago

Dan.  I was just cleaining out some e-mail and ran across the below.  This should cinch it for you.

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From: "Jane Everett" <dg.languages@googlemail.com> To: <lenn@lennharley.com>Subject: info/arranging viewings

Hi there,

 

Would it be possible for someone to give me a call at some point this evening or tomorrow? I tried ringing earlier but I couldn't get through. We are moving permanently from the UK soon and we would like to arrange some viewings over there asap.  We will be in the country from Thursday next week for a few weeks to take a look at some properties.

 

I can be reached on either number below most of the time.

 

Many Thanks,

 

Jane Everett

Senior Translator

DG Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

dg.languages@googlemail.com

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I got it too... the world is full of scam artists, but I just don't understand why they waste their time.  They sure waste mine. 

Dan, I fell for this scam too.  Oh am I mad!

Posted by Judy Greenberg, Coldwell Banker - Buffalo Grove - Long Grove Homes (Coldwell Banker Long Grove) over 9 years ago

So a gentleman is coming to Naples next month to take a look at property and tells me he owns this company...while vacationing in another state, I see a car with his company's information all over it parked at where else but a real estate company.  I should've walked in there to see if it was him.  Wouldn't that have been funny!?

Posted by Shannon Lefevre, Shannon Lefevre, PA Your Naples Smart Girl (John R. Wood Properties) over 9 years ago

Sandra... At least those fools with the new found millions are dumb as stone so there is never a question that their full of it...

George... They are getting difficult to detect.  Don't know what the logic of this one was though.

Mike... Once the morph into higher beings that can use mail merge it will be impossible to tell the difference from legitimate prospects and the scamming jerks.

Lenn... That almost clinches it!  Do you think Jane is just heading the relocation movement for a huge company?  ( joking )

Judy... No need to get mad, get even instead!  Posts like this get the word out so they scammer becomes less effective and may need to completely change their style. 

Shannon... If they were actually at someones office it would have been beneficial see the reaction when questioned.  Wonder how far they take it.... 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Sure Dan.  By the way, I know where you can buy homes for $300 and, by the way, did you know that there are some great bargains in tax sales?

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dan, that is really strange but not surprising! I have been receiving so many "wierdo" type emails and I do know you must be very careful. Would you consider publishing the email so we could keep an eye out in case they use another name?

Thanks for the heads up. Since Lynn said she got one too...it must be a scam of some sort. Good luck and stay safe!

Later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 9 years ago

Lenn... I have seen those great deals on infomercials in the wee hours of the morning.  Did a post once asking for success stories but I guess everyone that got a bargain home for a few bucks wants to keep it a secret.

Deb... Thought the graphic would give enough of a glimpse to identify it but here is the full email. Same as Lenn received right down to the spacing error in the phone number.  Since I had just closed on an $800k home from a family relocating from England I assumed they referred a friend.

Hi there,

Would it be possible for someone to give me a call at some point this evening or tomorrow? I tried ringing earlier but I couldn’t get through. We are moving permanently from the UK soon and we would like to arrange some viewings over there asap.  We will be in the country from Thursday next week for a few weeks to take a look at some properties.

 I can be reached on either number below most of the time.

 Many Thanks,

 

Jane Everett

Senior Translator

DG Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

dg.languages@googlemail.com

 

 

 

Posted by No Longer Active (Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I'm wondering if anybody takes them up on the deal and also be careful about calling these numbers. I've heard in the past that they can charge you just about any amount for the call and the phone company will make you pay it.

Posted by Bob Cosby (One Source Realty) over 9 years ago

Interesting, I'm in the Uk and have just had an e-mail from the Lovely Jane Everett and did a google search and this thread came up. This time she is aksing me to cotnact her as she wants to outsource her IT, intreresting because I have nothing to do with IT (other than use it). So yep it's spam.

Posted by Adam over 9 years ago

She's involved in all sorts of businesses!

 De : Jane Everett [mailto:je.dglanguages@googlemail.com]
Envoyé : mercredi 27 août 2008 15:12
À : contacts@bfinance.com
Objet : Info / Help

Hi,

Please could someone call me, or let me know when would be a good time to call as I couldn't get through to speak to someone earlier. We are looking to introduce a insurance scheme for our existing and new employees, and I would like to get an idea of the options open to us and how we can offer a insurance scheme to our employees.

I can be reached on either number below.

Thanks,

Jane Everett

Senior Translator

DG Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

dg.languages@googlemail.com

Posted by Anonymous over 9 years ago

The one that gets me is Paypal looking for updates. I know it is a scam but the graphics and everything look exactly like EBay and Paypal. Of course, when you click on the link, Windows tells you this is a known Pfishing address...I'd be very cautious and if they ask for money, then you know for sure.

Posted by Patrick Randles (Nova Home Loans) over 9 years ago

It seems her collegue is now active as well.... We're in the Spanish Pyrenees. Tried to contact him several times..... nothing of course. Wondering though what the scam would be??

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Hi,
 
Please could someone call me, or let me know when would be a good time to call as I couldn’t get through earlier. We are looking to buy a property and would like to arrange some viewings this week if possible. We are available tomorrow through to Thursday for viewings.
 
I can be reached on either number below.
 
Thanks,
 
William Morris
Project Manager
GB Languages & Translations
+44 (0)871 2311 236
+44 (0)7531 121 516
wm.gblanguages@googlemail.com

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Posted by Thijs over 9 years ago

Ok, that's just plain funny.  Yo Dano, somebody is screwing with you and it ain't me, babe.  Grab onto that IP Address... I want to roast these folks... BAD!

 

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 9 years ago

Just got the same one...

called the mobile and its voice mail was full, was going to call the 08 number then thought hang on a moment, and googled it and this page came up...

Hi,

 

Please could someone call me, or let me know when would be a good time to
call as I couldn't get through earlier. We are looking to hold a team social
event and we are looking at options at the moment. We are planning an event
for late September/early October and would like to get some help.

 

I can be reached on either number below.

 

Thanks,

 

William Morris

Project Manager

GB Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

wm.gblanguages@googlemail.com

Posted by Colin over 9 years ago

Hi Dan,

We also received emails from the same sender - "Jane Everett" Senior Translator with DG Languages & Translations.

Because we are working with a lot of international customers from Europe, it was not unusal for us to receive emails like that. So, we tried to call and emailed back. We also did not receive any email answers and the phone numbers 'she' provided either do not work, are always busy or the voice mail is full.

So for us it is obvious that it is a scam and will go right into the trash.

Posted by Flavia & Klaus Westerwelle (Agent Referral Center / TransDomo,LLC) over 9 years ago

I'm definitely thinking scam. I am not a realtor, nor am I looking to sell a home. My email. with the exact same phone numbers was sent under the guise of hiring us to do design work:

Hi,

Please could you let me know who to speak to and when to call. We're starting a business and we want to consult with some agencies to handle our advertising needs.

I can be reached on either number below.

 Thanks,

Owen Johnson

Senior Translator

GB Languages

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

oj.gblanguages@googlemail.com

Posted by Lisa over 9 years ago

Same deal:::

 

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Hi,

 

Please could you let me know who to speak to and when to call to have a quick chat. We're starting a business and we need some professional photography work doing for our web content and for some offline marketing materials.

 

I can be reached on either number below.

 

Thanks,

 

William Morris

Project Manager

GB Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

wm.gblanguages@googlemail.com

 

 

Posted by tm over 9 years ago

Well she wnats to venture into the fashion as well typical scam

Hi,

 

Please can you let me know who to speak to and when to call. We recently set up a business and we want to get a large number of t-shirts printed to publicise an opening event, so I was wondering whether I could get an idea of costs.

 

I can be reached on either number below.

 

Thanks,

 

Jane Everett

Senior Translator

DG Languages & Translations

+44 (0)871 2311 236

+44 (0)7531 121 516

je.dglanguages@googlemail.com

Posted by Mark over 9 years ago

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