I just did an interview with a reporter on it. It happened in Texas. I’ll post the entire article here after it prints.
That’s going to help business.:shock:
Make sure you hire an inspector with a NACHI ID
I do believe that happened, I really do, but it got me wondering if we even have $40,000 worth of jewelry here in Texas.
Alright it was me, things got pretty slow around here, but it was Nick Gromicko’s idea.
…not any more…
Must have been a member from one of “The Other” associations trying to raise money for their annual dues! :mrgreen:
Just heard the story on the 6 O’Clock news. Southlake is here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Hell, there are home inspectors “posing” as home inspectors.
That’s a good one:D But not not NACHI HI!!!
Here it is Roy Cooke
Scam artist swipes jewelry
By MELISSA VARGAS
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
SOUTHLAKE — Police are searching for a man they said posed as a home inspector to get inside and steal $40,000 in jewelry — and even talked briefly with the homeowner before leaving.
A man carrying a level knocked on the door of the home in the 700 block of Love Henry Court at about 11:30 a.m. Friday and told the housekeeper he was there to inspect the house, which is for sale, police said. The housekeeper let him in and returned to her duties as the man checked areas throughout the house, Lt. Rhonda Voshalike said.
As the man was leaving, the owner of the residence came home, and they met on the porch. They spoke, and the phony inspector left in a 1998 or ’99 white Chevrolet pickup.
The homeowner later found his wife’s wedding ring and a dinner ring missing from her dresser, Voshalike said.
Suspicious of the earlier visit, the homeowner called his real-estate agent, who said no inspection had been scheduled, police said.
It’s easy for homeowners to fall victim to scam artists during the bustle of selling a home, said Nick Gromicko, founder of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, based in Colorado.
Home inspectors in Texas are required to have a license, so homeowners should ask to see it. If an inspector doesn’t have a license on him, ask to see a driver’s license, and run that name through the Texas Real Estate Commission’s Web site, Gromicko said. That Web site lists all licensed home inspectors.
“We don’t show up unannounced,” Gromicko said. “If you have a Realtor, they should know if an inspector is scheduled to come. You shouldn’t let anyone in your house that you don’t know.”
Anyone with information about the Southlake theft should call police at 817-488-7511.
Your real-estate agent should know if anyone related to the sale of your home is coming over.
If an inspector shows up unannounced, ask who scheduled them.
Ask to see a home inspector’s license or type the name on their driver’s license into the Texas state database at www.trec.state.tx.us/licenses.
To check out other types of inspectors, such as those looking for mold or termites, go to Inspectorlocator.com and type in your ZIP code. All licensed inspectors in that ZIP code will be listed.
Tell your children and baby sitters never to open the door for unexpected visitors.
SOURCE: National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
That explains the Jag and the Country Club membership
(3 smileys indicates friendly jab)
Keith . . . Sure hope the Southlake police don’t hear about this . . . :shock: