Several real estate agents say they are ambushed by a man pretending to be a wealthy buyer

LAS VEGAS (KVVU/Gray News) – Multiple Las Vegas real estate agents are targeted by a man who they believe is posing as a wealthy homebuyer, but then backs out of deals, leaving everyone scratching their heads about who he is and what he’s doing. are his motives.

In the past month and a half, about 10 officers say they have dealt with a man posing as part of a wealthy and well-known family in the area. None of them could verify whether he was really part of the family or not, but they all said he was wasting their time.

Michele Dugan has been a local real estate agent for almost 25 years. Her sister Tricia Morgan-Tilley works with her as Sisters Selling Vegas under Realty One Group.

The unknown man had Sisters Selling Vegas write him a cash offer for a $1.5 million house. The offer was accepted by the seller without ever showing proof of money.

Dugan said they don’t normally make offers without proof of money, but the brokers have never asked for it. She suspects the officers recognized the man’s name as part of a wealthy family and had no doubts about it.

“We’ve pushed for proof of funds many, many times and haven’t gotten it, and by that time we already had a signed offer, so we had to move. We had to act,” Dugan said. “And when we came into action, they never asked for it [on] the list side. They must have seen the name as they never even asked us any questions. They just said, ‘Yes, the seller accepts.’”

They opened an escrow account but never received the money. The unknown man even asked for a home inspection, which was completed, but the inspector never got paid.

The sisters, the seller’s real estate agent and the home inspector were left scratching their heads.

The seller’s agent tried several times to contact the man, but found that the number had been disconnected.

Now the sisters want to warn others.

“I’ve never had an artificial buyer; I’ve never experienced that,” Dugan said. “And it just tells me with social media and with these electronic times and with the valley growing, that’s something we need to be super careful about.”

The sisters aren’t the only ones who think they were targeted by this man. Melissa Croysdill, another broker, knows eight other brokers with similar stories.

“You have to be very careful with identity theft and stuff like that, but never someone who makes me do so much work, is so persistent and lies in so much detail not to – to this day – not know what the endgame was,” he said. Croysdill.

Croysdill said the man sounded normal on the phone, but things got “interesting” when it came time to show proof of money. She said the man told her he was in the hospital.

The sisters were told a similar story and were further confused after contacting the hospital.

“We called the hospital several times and asked for his name, and they transferred us to a room, so there was someone in the hospital,” Morgan-Tilley said.

The sisters and Croysdill all agree that it is a terrible feeling when someone is playing with your emotions and wasting your time.

“We want to let other brokers know that right now there is a man chasing brokers to waste our time, to waste many people’s time because he is bored, sad and lonely,” Morgan-Tilley said.

The National Association of Realtors has an entire webpage devoted to safety tips here.

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