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Article: What to do if your listing is falsely advertised as "for rent"

Member Warnings

Warning Date: March 15, 2019

An ORRA member warns a man posing to be a potential buyer of luxury homes. The man claims to be a federal attorney and provides a proof-of-funds letter. The man, who travels with a female companion, frequents the Lake Mary/Heathrow/Alaqua and orders home inspections but does not pay for the inspections after completion.

Warning Date: August 21, 2018

An ORRA member warns of two suspected phishing scams: The first involves a woman who identifies herself as a reporter for a well known magazine and asks for a quote for an article. She then provides a link and insists the source click on the link to review the source's quote.

The second involves a woman claiming to sell her home, but provides only a link supposedly to photos and the address. She will not provide the home's address and insists that the link be clicked.

Warning Date: August 15, 2018

An ORRA member reports a woman posing as a buyer purchasing through her son’s trust. The woman delays closings stating “life issues.” The woman also accepted deposit and rent from a potential tenant on a home she claimed have completed closing (police report filed).

Warning Date: August 13, 2018

An ORRA member warns of a male posing as a potential buyer of high-end listings. The individual requests that an agent pick him up from a downtown location and drive him to listings due to epilepsy and a car accident.

Further investigation finds the individual has an extensive criminal record; was recently released from prison for fraud related charges; and has provided falsified financial papers.

Warning Date: June 12, 2018

An ORRA member reports multiple incidences of a man contacting female luxury-home agents in both the Orlando and Fort Lauderdale areas with requests to view listings on behalf of a wealthy client. The man often insists on the use of a Non Disclosure Agreement with unusual terms; offers additional commission if another female agent accompanies the viewing, and sends threatening texts and e-mails in response to rejection. (Per the member's concern for safety, please do not share this warning outside the REALTOR® organization.)

Recommendation: Review this information about stalking and harassment from the NAR REALTOR® Safety Program

Warning Date: November 10, 2017

An ORRA member reports being robbed on November 4, when she met with a man who appeared to be in the military at her office to discuss buying a home. However, he ended up stealing cash and credit cards from her purse, racking up about $2,500 on her accounts in the span of a few hours. Read more

Warning Date: October 23, 2017

An ORRA member reports receiving an inappropriate text message from an unknown individual who self identified as "Tanner." The "from" number displayed as 407.715.7674, which was linked to comments in August warning of inappropriate texts to REALTORS®.

Warning Date: July 21, 2017

An ORRA member reports that an electronic lockbox has been stolen off a listing and another listing on the same street.

Warning Date: July 12, 2017

An ORRA member reports believing an individual to be falsely listing properties on Zillow far below Zestimate. The individual provides a poorly completed As Is contract and communicates anxiety for cash. The individual also provides a phone number, a Palm Beach Gardens address, and gmail address.

Warning Date: May 31, 2017

An ORRA member reports being solicited for digital advertising in "anti-bullying safety boards that are delivered to students in Orange and Seminole public schools." After researching the company using phone numbers and names provided, the member believes that the company soliciting for advertising is not legitimate.

Warning Date: May 24, 2017

An ORRA member reports that an individual(s) separated the body of an electronic lockbox from the top, then broke open the body to retrieve the key. The listing was entered and appliances stolen.

Recommended Action Steps
*Bring the damaged electronic lockbox to ORRA for exchange (the serial number on the side must be readable for exchange). Call the ORRA Membership Department at 407.513,7282 for more information.

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