Real Estate Agents BEWARE! Actually consumers everywhere beware. If the email offer seems to good to be true know that it probably is. As a Broker Manager of a Real Estate Office these things come across my desk often, too often in fact.
A quick way to identify an oversees scam is simply in the phone number
Thanks for your prompt email. I am buying the property as a surprise wedding gift for my Daughter and her hubby.
I will be offering 98% of the offered price on the property.
I will also be needing the services of a local attorney to represent me on this purchase. I will need their contact lists,emails and phone numbers as well.
Thanks as i await to hear from you asap.
DO NOT FALL FOR IT!
Here is some information you should know on how to distinguish a scam simply by looking at the phone number.
Scam phone numbers in the United Kingdom (+44):
If an email mentions a UK phone number starting with +4470, it usually means that the sender of that mail is not in the UK at all and it is almost guaranteed to be a scam.
Usually the presence of a +44 70 number in a 419 scam email means you’re dealing with criminals based in Nigeria who are using these numbers to make people believe they’re dealing with someone legitimate who is in the UK instead of a criminal in an Internet cafe on a different continent.
- Do not reply to any emails that mention +4470 phone numbers!
- Never call such numbers!
- Break off all contact with these people!
The scammer most likely is NOT based in the UK. +44 70 numbers belong to international call forwarding services. Their whole point is that people can reach the user of the number when he’s not in the UK. These services make it possible for scammers to hide the fact that they are based in Nigeria or other countries in Africa, while the scam victim will believe they’re dealing with someone in the UK. Very few (if any) legitimate individuals use these numbers. Banks, law offices, UK immigration officials, etc. never use +44 70 numbers because, since their offices are based in the UK, they have no need to redirect calls to their offices to some mobile phone outside the UK. We have not come across any legitimate UK businesses yet that use +44 70 numbers. Their only visible user base are scammers in Nigeria, South Africa and elsewhere. It is a perfect mystery to us why the UK authorities allow these services to continue operating despite them being used almost exclusively by criminals.
UK phone numbers starting with ’70’ are “Personal numbering” in the “Find me anywhere” range. Charges for calls to these numbers are not distance-dependent. They can cost as much as UKL 0.50 (USD 0.90) per minute to call and can forward the call to virtually any phone number in the world. Forwarding numbers can be set up for free and completely anonymously via websites such as uknumbers.com.
In most cases when you call one of these numbers the phone that starts ringing will actually be a mobile phone somewhere in Nigeria, as the UK number has been programmed to auto-forward calls to another number. These +44 70xx numbers are used as a redirector service to obscure the fact that the person taking the call is not actually based in Europe. The UK number is used to lend credibility to the scam. Unfortunately the authorities in the UK do not seem to be taking any action to shut down such phone numbers.
Save yourself the time, heart ache, money and trouble and report this email as SPAM and move on.