Foreign Buyer/Investor




How the scam works:

In today’s housing market it can be difficult to sell a home (or even a restaurant). Many homeowners looking to relocate are finding themselves sitting on a home they are unable to move. Therefore, when they receive an offer of purchase they are usually so excited that they fail to see that it might be too good to be true.

A scam making the rounds these days takes advantage of homeowners’ eagerness to close the sale and relocate. The scam involves a supposed interested buyer from China (Hong Kong) who needs to relocate to the United States, Canada, Great Britain, or Australia and is willing to purchase a property sight unseen.



The scammer, who has a crime partner in one of the countries mentioned above, will send a cashier’s check to the attorney set up to handle the escrow. The forgery is very realistic so the home seller and attorney believe this check to be real. They will then send a communication to the attorney stating that they sent too much and they need $10,000 wired back to a foreign account.

Of course, once the funds are wired, the seller never hears from the “buyer” again and they are stuck, waiting to move and out $10,000.

Watch the video below to learn some tips on how to avoid the fake cashier’s check fraud.



Tips To Avoid Fake Checks Fraud Video

 

How to avoid the Foreign Investor scam:

First, beware of doing business with anyone claiming to be in such dire need for housing that they are willing to buy a home sight unseen. This is the first red flag. The best line of defense is to do an internet search of the buyer’s name.

Many people who do this will discover that these scammers are so brazen they will use the same name to perpetuate this scam over and again. Doing a name search often turns up information about the scam, and the communications they have sent you are typically quoted word for word.



Working with a real estate agent is often the best way to avoid these scams, as they are often well-versed in these types of schemes. Trying to sell a home in a down economy can be complicated. In your eagerness to sell, don’t be so anxious to make a sale that you put your common sense on hold. If something appears too good to be true, it most likely is.

 

How to report the Foreign Investor scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report To The FTC Here

 

How to protect yourself more:

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Magnussen

I was contacted by Mr Paul Mulder of Bellview company to buy a restaurant that i was selling in Lisbon. Saing that exist total interest in buying the restaurant and mark a meeting with Mr Alexander El Elani of Bellview properties. Mr Alexander El Elani insist that the offer was serious and real and insist to go a Brussels to make the last details and, if agreement, close the contract. The meeting was scheduled for the hotel Steingerberger and when I got there the offer changed conditions. To buy the restaurant they need a favor; wanted half of the amount… Read more »

John

In the sequence of the comment above, reporting the scam of Bellview Properties, i receive phone contacts, messages and emails of Kampel Paul Muller, phone contacts 0033609814007, 0032485719460, 00442071129376, 00442071129378, email paul.k@financier.com , threatening my integrity and my honor. I quote "you’ll have many problems if not you cancel this comment, we will travel to Lisbon know what is your address and you will have many problems with us."
Bellview properties is a front where alexander el elani says that is a british company operating in Central Europe to defraud who fall into their conversation.
I have been life threat!

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On Monday, March 23, 2015, John wrote: In the sequence of the comment above, reporting the scam of Bellview Properties, i receive phone contacts, messages and emails of Kampel Paul Muller, phone contacts 0033609814007, 0032485719460, 00442071129376, 00442071129378, email paul.k@financier.com , threatening my integrity and my honor. I quote "you’ll have many problems if not you cancel this comment, we will travel to Lisbon know what is your address and you will have many problems with us." Bellview properties is a front where alexander el elani says that is a british company operating in Central Europe to defraud who fall into… Read more »

Judy

I am selling a property in canada, this is the first email I received: my husband Chen and I are very desirous to make this purchase of property in advance for my retirement. I will be available to give you more information as I have already viewed the pics of the property before contacting you, we are aware that property market needs some urgency. Also, please can you by E-mail provide us with steps that we follow so as to close this transaction as quickly as possible. Thank you very much, Luli Huang fu It is funny, his english was… Read more »

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