I’ll use that one one day.
So true, and I do not consider 3049 acres a “lot”
Must be a townhouse.
Bert is the master at playing with these jerks.
Your automatic red flag on these calls is a long inspection deadline, they want the works on the inspection, and they are paying you more than your fee.
You gotta wonder how often this scam works. My guess is that not many scammed HIs are going to confess that they were ripped off and probably none of them participate in forums and HI groups and chapters.
It’s not a possible scam.
It’s a definite scam.
Tell him you will not accept overpayment under any circumstances. He’ll disappear, though perhaps cancel the inspection and demand a “refund” on his bogus check. You can also make him go away by insisting on “confirming the appointment” via phone call voice.
The longer you are in this business, the quicker you will know when you are being scammed. I’m at the point, where I can recognize a scam by just reading the text message, to the point, I don’t even reply to them. I get at least one every couple weeks.
Normally broken English is the first sign.
Good day to you.
This is David Garrett.
I will like to know if you are available to inspect a home for me at
2737 W Redwood Ln, Phoenix, 85045
And this are the info;
3 bd 3 ba
Built in 2002
loft : 2,889 sqft
And it is currently vacant…
Let me know your quote and availability?. Sent from my iPhone
Out of likes, Bert…er, Mr. Heywood Jablomey…but
My favorite is still the Hairy Par… that @bhull1 used. I still laugh about that one.
I sent the scammer a “screenshot” of his Zelle Payment.
In reality its a screenshot of my Photoshop software.
Dude is pretty happy at this moment with his fake confirmation #.
Now we begin the delays, excuses, games and his five stages of grief.
Atta Boy Bert
Last week I had someone try to get me to inspect a triplex and a couple houses that were tied together. I looked them up online and couldn’t find the triplex so she (I had talked with her before texting back and forth) said it’s right there… She didn’t know that I had suspicions about her before I had called her back and I was on the street that she was talking about and that there was no triplex there. I’m not sure if it was the beginning of a scam since it’s not the normal one and wouldn’t know how she could scam me or that they were mistaken about a property since they were out of town investors, but she didn’t call me back. Her name was Mackenzie Durbin of Property Rush.
She might have been in the process of being scammed. Someone selling her a home that does not exist.
Not long ago I got slightly wrapped up in a situation where someone was trying to re-sell a property that had been recently sold to my client. (far different than the regular text scams). I did not get very far into it but after speaking with my client, it appears this scammer was just trying to get some earnest money to run off with.
Sounds likely. I didn’t see any way she could have gotten anything from me, but it just seemed off.
I want to play this game, but don’t really want to give my address to the scammer to mail the check to…
Had another one today, but I haven’t replied.
I don’t live there. Its box #305 in the UPS Store, next to Dunkin Donuts. mmm.
I need to quit checking my mail so often or crawl spaces are going to start getting tight.
I’m just bummed that I’m most likely never going to meet most/any of you… I’d LOVE to meet the guy that made my wife and teenagers spit out their lunch when I explained to them who Heywood Jablomey was
I’d like to visit you when Maui has recovered from the fires. In the mean time You guys are all in my prayers.
I delayed the client “ James Shawan” and his Plumber “Rodney Rice” over the weekend as I was busy sailing with the family. Sailboats and macaroni salad, that’s the charmed life I lead as a full time home inspector.
Then, before checking on that refund payment today I happened to see a newspaper article about him and his plumber and texted to check on James and see if he is doing ok after their falling-out.
Invoiced $9,000 to the homeowner to “lay some pipe”. LOL!..jeez, Bert!