Real estate agent cheat: private buyer trick

Yesterday I found this piece of paper in my letter box:

A false hand-written note from a real estate agent pretending to be a private buyer.
A false hand-written note from a real estate agent pretending to be a private buyer.

It was an A6-size photocopy of a hand-written note. Despite the fact that any person who is going to buy a house is usually be able to afford a computer and a printer to type the note, the author of this scam chose to distribute copies of a handwritten note, because he/she knew that a printed note is much more likely to be thrown away with the rest of junk mail without being read. Handwriting is a rare occurrence these days, and thus attracts more attention than anything printed. The hand-made appearance also adds an impression of the affair being truly private and genuine.

As a curious person who loves to study life and hates dirty tricks, I simply entered the phone number into the Google search and got the following result:

Google search result: the phone number belongs to a real estate agent.
Google search result: the “private buyer” phone number belongs to a real estate agent

Turns out, the “private cash buyer” is in fact a real estate agent. The piece of paper was just another trick in order to obtain personal details of potential sellers.

Stay vigilant, be aware of tricks before they are applied to you, at the very least make use of the Internet search and online reviews. Other real agents can be smarter that this and use “uncompromised” contact details, but the more avenues or research you take the better you protect yourself.


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Sneaky blighters. This is yet another reminder to everyone to do a thorough research before commencing anything significant like selling or buying a house.

Anonymous, 24 April 2010

These days a piece of paper seems like the most benign form of cheating. What is happening online is way worse.
For example, RayWhite has taken over most of the real estate offers in the past year or two. They are spreading like a virus. And now they are listing all those properties as auction, and it is all held online on the evil Facebook! We suspect they do it to collect maximum personal data from the prospective buyers, put in the minimum effort and make more profits for themselves. Because online auctions cost them near to nothing, but they charge the sellers for the service and require the buyers submit theur private info online.
We are looking for a house, but we've had enough of this. We are skipping and avoiding anything that says "Ray White" or "auction".

G & M, 3 May 2022