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Caution Online Relationships !

 

 

This was inspired by a question from  Francine Viola that got a lot of comments. It was personal about a client/friend who confided her plan to leave her husband for an online "friend".

 

 

I had a bit similar situation...only the husband had recently passed away.

My sad and lonely client/friend was infatuated with an on-line relationship.

He convinced her that he wanted to buy a home near her and she wanted my help to find a property.  Of course he was paying cash. I asked for his information and, of course, proof of funds.

 

I could see the huge flashing CAUTION sign.

Not wanting to burst her bubble since she was already"falling" for this person...

 

 I gently said: "Has he asked you for any money?


At the time he had not. I asked that she call me right away if he does. It was a very short time later when he started asking for small sums. No question without my warning, she would have sent him the money.

 

 

 scam alert Margaret Rome

 

 

 

Amazing when she gave him some excuse why she could not advance him funds...the contact stopped immediately.

I am pretty sure we caught this scammer before any monetary  harm was done.

Emotional harm...now that's another story.

 

Please alert your clients, family, friends. Many do not share these scams because they are embarrased. 

Can we help get the word out?

 

Margaret Rome

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Comments

Margaret this is so sad, so many scams out there and if they used that same skill and effort for legitimate business activities they would still succeed... I find this such a shame, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 2 months ago

People really only have a few close friends and most situations in life. This is pretty typical unfair to be cautious of online relationships

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 2 months ago

I find that a lot of these games are making themselves pretty known pretty early on these days and thank goodness! Endre Barath, Jr.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) 2 months ago

Endre Barath, Jr. It is  so sad...I think we can all do our part to alert the public and warn everyone to share the way these scammers work. I had another client who actually sent a large sum of money. Then she called her attorney/friend and they were able to stop payment on the check before the scammer had time to cash it. She was extremely embarrassed and did not share with her family.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Laura Cerrano So good to see you and read your comment. This is so unfair to unsuspecting people

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Smooth talkers and they hit the vulnerable. ON-Line scams are so prevelent.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 2 months ago

It always surprises me to see how many stories I hear of people who fall for this. Online scamming can be very scary. Thanks for warning!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) 2 months ago

Good morning Margaret. Emotions trump sound judgment without some intervention. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 2 months ago

Recently, I have been sent "Friend" requests from strangers on Facebook.  And, most are "supposedly" from males providing profiles of being some high ranking military person.  I delete these on sight.  

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 2 months ago

Hi Margaret - my client probably posted something that said she was unhappy, and then this guy swooped in promising to save the day.  Scammers are looking for vulnerable people.  I hope it works out for my client but what a bad situation.

Posted by Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs (Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA) 2 months ago

Margaret I have heard of stories like this quite often this past 5 years or so.  I'm glad she listened to you and called it off at the first sign.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 2 months ago

William Feela Smooth talkers and con men work with the most vulnerable.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

I had a friend that got taken financial and emotional advantage of by someone online. It was so sad.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 2 months ago

Great post it is a shame how these scams work and how many individuals fall prey to to them. Thanks for sharing I hope you have a great afternoon.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) 2 months ago

When I consider all the "friends" I have on facebook I realize how few of these people I really know or have the slightest clue about.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 2 months ago

Wayne Martin What a great comment! 

Emotions trump sound judgment without some intervention.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank goodness for the delete button. There are plenty of lonely people who fall for these "kind" emails.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Chris Ann Cleland And they are so embarrased...they frequently won't talk about it.We are talking about intelligent trusting people that are taking serious advantage of.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Pat Champion Would like to see more of us spreading the word.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Joe Pryor But you are aware and savy enough to recognize a scam. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Francine Viola This post was inspired by you. Would so love to see more of us educating the public.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker  She was one of the lucky ones! 
BTW I watched you Master Series tape from a few years ago and darn...you are really good!!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

It is so sad, with all the effort to warn and educate people that they still fall for these scams.  It makes my blood boil.

Posted by Carol Williams, "Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services" (U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business.) 2 months ago

Carol Williams Hoping that we, as an industry, could make the public aware and warn the most vulnerable. Thanks for your passion.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 2 months ago

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