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MEMBER ALERT: Bogus Buyer

Updated: Mar 8

WVMLS is making its members aware of a bogus buyer.


Recently, a series of concerning incidents occurred involving an individual who contacted multiple female real estate agents. This bogus buyer...


  • ...contacted several female agents expressing interest in vacant properties located in secluded areas.

  • ...when asked to provide pre-approval, proof of funds, or identification, he ghosted the agents or provided suspicious documentation.

  • ...has recent criminal history.


A few safety reminders:


  • Always trust your instincts.

  • Meet in safe settings. 

  • Conduct background checks. 

  • Report suspicious activity. 


Some Red Flags To Always Keep In Mind:

  • Inconsistent information or reluctance to provide requested proof.

  • Requests to view exclusively vacant properties in isolated areas.

  • Predatory behavior targeting a specific gender or demographic.


Remember, your safety is extremely important. By staying vigilant and following best practices, you can protect yourself and others.




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