Real estate bad cheque scam using the name Yasuyuki Okamura
Date First Reported: March 2014
Primary Name Associated: Yasuyuki Okamura
Description of Potential Fraud:
Thirty lawyers from all over the U.S. tell us they’ve been contacted by the purported Yasuyuki Okamura with regards to what looks like a real estate bad cheque scam. For details of how this scam works see our Confirmed Fraud page. Our Fraud Fact Sheet lists the red flags of a bogus legal matter that is really a fraud.
Here is the email:
From: Yasuyuki Okamura [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:29 PM
Subject: property to purchase
Good day,I will like to know if you have property to purchase with 2-3bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,garage with the price ranges of $300,000-$500,000USD,I will like you to furnish me your listing.
Replying to the email brought this response:
I am not too familiar with the area that is why I need your help as the real estate professional, please send me some property to chose from in a very nice & quiet community I am going to live in this home with my family, please send me some of your listing to choose from, a single family home, 2-3 bed 2bath 1,500sqft, price range starting from $400,000 to $650,000 in a nice & quiet community. Please no short sales and no foreclosure property
How to handle a real or suspected fraud
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