Monday, April 12, 2010

A WORD OF WARNING - BROWNSVILLE MAY BE TARGET OF REAL ESTATE SCAM

(An earlier post addresses the De Leon case)

I was trying to help a friend find a house to rent. I found this one believing it was too good to be true.

http://sanantonio.backpage.com/ApartmentsForRent/550-3br-3-br-2-ba-1445-sqft-single-family-home-for-rent/3445624

The Brownsville property is a foreclosure.

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6921-Austrian-Pne-Brownsville-TX-78526/2133095236_zpid/#

Both of the above show to be for sale by real estates.

http://sanantonio.backpage.com/ApartmentsForRent/650-3br-3-br-2-ba-1560-sqft-single-family-home-for-rent/3455380

http://sanantonio.backpage.com/ApartmentsForRent/700-3br-3-br-2-ba-2006-sqft-single-family-home-for-rent/3443221


Donald Smith owns the Iowa property

http://iowa.backpage.com/ApartmentsForRent/600-3br-3-br-3-ba-1714-sqft-single-family-home-for-rent/3157738

http://beacon.schneidercorp.com/Application.aspx?AppID=10&LayerID=108&PageTypeID=4&PageID=193&Q=1612285298&KeyValue=894717204002


I e-mailed them to get more information. After the first e-mail they demanded private information about me. They also claim to have been transferred to Thailand. I sent a second e-mail and they refused to respond. I tried to get more specific information about them.

I have reported this to the listing real estates and local newspapers. I guess it is possible a family which was transfered to Thailand owns all of these properties - but who knows.

For the consumer here is a great article.

http://www.419legal.org/blog/2010/03/11/avoiding-online-real-estate-rental-scams/

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The fake real estate ads are everywhere. The scammers get the owners name from the real estate tax records, then claim to be that person. Most are in Africa, my scammer claimed to work for the US government in Nigeria, and immediately wanted money and my info, then he would send the keys...