* This information was posted on the Toronto MLS member Home page.
November 12, 2010 -- Members are cautioned to be on the alert for an individual posing as a buyer relocating to the Greater Toronto Area.
This scam was previously reported in March and July of 2009.
On November 6, a Member in the W09 area received a page from a buyer interested in purchasing a home priced between $1 million and $2 million.
The buyer indicated that he was a medical doctor located in Florida. He stated that he would soon be employed at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The buyer indicated that he had relatives in Kuwait and would be referring his brother, also a medical doctor, to the brokerage.
After making arrangements to travel to Toronto, the buyer indicated that his wallet had been confiscated with medical imaging equipment at the airport.
Although the buyer did not directly request funds, he waited for the Member to offer such a suggestion. A few days prior, another Member from the brokerage was victimized by this scam, forwarding funds to the same individuals.
Although the individuals claimed to reside in Florida and Kuwait, the telephone numbers supplied had New York and Chicago area codes.
The individuals seemed to be very familiar with Toronto, mentioning a number of local hotels and specifically expressing interest in purchasing a home on Mississauga Road.
The individuals also attempted to use the Members’ ethnic descent to develop familiarity with them.
This incident has been reported to police. For information on similar phone scams and other types of fraud please visit www.phonebusters.com