A Toronto Real Estate Board Member with a condo lease listing has reported that he received a fraudulent cheque in relation to the property.
An individual claiming to be a doctor at the Hospital for Sick Children called the REALTOR recently, indicating that he had seen the listing on www.REALTOR.ca
After asking a number of questions about the listing, the individual indicated that another doctor would act as his representative to view the property. Telephone numbers with (647) and (210) area codes were provided, however, when the REALTOR attempted to make arrangements to show the property, the representative indicated he was unable to do so due to travel arrangements to Austin, Texas and the United Kingdom.
On November 5, the REALTOR received a cheque for a full year's worth of lease payments. The property had not been viewed nor had any paperwork been completed.
The cheque was made out to the individual REALTOR, rather than the Brokerage and it was drafted in the name of a third party company. Upon contacting this company, the REALTOR in question learned that it was indeed a fraudulent cheque. The company's Vice President of Finance advised that they are aware of a previous attempt made to issue the cheque, which included a request that the recipient provide funds in return.
To report such occurrences, individuals are encouraged to contact www.phonebusters.com, a joint anti-fraud initiative of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Competition Bureau, and the Ontario Provincial Police.
Taken and modified from Toronto Real Estate Board's News section.