Date First Reported: July 2011

Primary Name Associated: Yoshi Jones Sue

Description of Potential Fraud:


A Florida realtor has notified us of an attempted bad cheque deposit scam that Ontario lawyers should be on the lookout for. It is similar to other real estate fraud attempts by Shiukmoda Joji and Jyoung Chung Tu. For a full description of how this kind of fraud works see this earlier Avoid A Claim post.

Here are copies of two messages received from the realtor:

Message 1:

From: [email protected]

Dear Realtor Name,
Thank you very much for your prompt responds to my enquiry meanwhile, I should be looking out for a 4 to 5 bed room single family home to buy and it as to be a traditional sale and its going to be a cash buy, with a garage and 2 bath with or without swimming pool price should be $450,000.00 to $750,000.00 please send me some listing/MLS to choose in any of this area good and nice to stay as my retirement home next month.


Message 2:

Dear Realtor,
I will like to proceed with the above MLS# R130307A which goes for L$575,000 located at 204 Towers Ranch Dr Saint Augustine, FL 32092 , please send me the contract for me to sign and return immediately this will be my retirement home and it will be a cash buy.

1. I will want to close on 28th July, 2011
2. I want you to help me carry out the inspection yourself.
My legal name is MR.YOSHI JONES SUE of 1865 Sheppard Avenue West ON M3L 1Y5, Canada and I am Married with a daughter, I will not be in Canada before the closing date to wire the funds to an attorney, so I will advise you to send me your attorney information for a check to be drawn to give enough time for check clearance since I will not be in Canada to wire funds for closing.
Please forward me a purchase contract agreement in docusign format, DocuSign format is an electronic way of signing document, forward it to me via docusign format, their website is or any other electronic document I do not have access to a printer or scanner here at the moment therefore I can not sign and send it back in PDF format because of my poor internet.
Please proceed with the contract now and send me the required document so I can proceed with the payment for the MLS.Once again thank you very much for your time and effort. Hope to see you soon.


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