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Jeanne Feeni…, Real Estate Pro in Basking Ridge, NJ

SPAM Alert - anyone else seeing an uptick in spam "leads"?

Asked by Jeanne Feenick (908) 337-0943, Basking Ridge, NJ Mon Dec 6, 2010

Looks like I really hit the jackpot.... these guys are very generous indeed, looks like the begining of a great year - one is ready to send me $10,500,000 and another - just 20 years old, has a $25,000,000 in heritance to invest and will gladly give me 15% of it to help. Anyone interested? If so, I've got a bridge to sell you...

Here's enough for you to recognize - beware:

-Good Day Dear, My name is Mr. Olusegun Aganga, I am the present FINANCE MINISTER of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. i want to invest the sum of $10.5m in real estate in your country and i need your assistance...

-I inherited the sum of twenty five Million United State Dollar ($25,000,000.00) from my late father. I need your assistance and directives in investing this sum in any luctratives venture under your auspices and supervision.I'm just 20 years old with limited experience in investment. I shall gladly give you at least 15% of the total sum...Regards kouame

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J Mario - we protect ourselves by using good judgement and the DELETE button..........it's life, and unfortunately, the internet is fodder for these kind of scammers.

I am often amused when agents say they followed through, responded and corresponded with these people - if it sounds too good to be true - it is..........
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
Well, this one is so obvious I can't believe anyone would fall for it.
Some scammer spam I've received has been very creative with the "person" asking questions about particular listings, signing contract, etc.

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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
All the leads I have received through this website have been spam, not one has ever been legitamate, i dont even pay attention to them anymore, its to bad trulia doesnt have any way to prescreen or prevent this type of garbage. I cant beleive people still try to get away with these scams, thats what blows my mind, ughhh
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
Thank you for making the community aware of this latest scam Jeanne, and thank you Debbie for letting users know that they can forward leads to me - that's emily at Trulia dot com.

Also, a very easy way to report spam to us is to mark messages as spam within the My Leads section of your Trulia account. If you're not using My Leads, check it out - it's a great way to manage all your Trulia leads.

Best Wishes,

Emily Erekuff
Community Moderator
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
PS in regard to trulia dealing with them, you can always forward any "scam" email to: Emilt@Trulia.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
Yes, I received a suspect contact from a "dear" I didn't recognize or believe. These guys seem to be preying on every sort of venue and now they're on Trulia. How do we protect ourselves or how do sites like trulia block these sorts of scammers?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
A couple of agents here locally actually took the bait on a scam from China.

If you're online enough, it becomes easy to spot these. Also, stick to a reliable email (hotmail, yahoo or gmail) and you won't get a lot of spam....

Since I've switched from AOL, I've had very LITTLE spam. I did enjoy my 20 years with AOL! :-))

Always be prudent in checking references and qualifications of ANY potential client.....
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 7, 2010
Not only these, but I've been getting Premier Agent leads with phone numbers that are disconnected or emails that don't exist, and I'm not the only agent getting them. The people want to see homes that are anywhere from $250K through $1 Million.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
Hey Jennifer - you can have him - procuring cause or not! hah

Meanwhile, if either of you will be in AC, let me know - drinks on me!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
Hey, Mr. Olusegun Aganga is MINE--I can prove procuring cause you know.

:)
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
Awww shucks, Jeanne, and here I thought he liked me best!



ps....oh, are you going to the convention this week?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
I had one or two of these as well in the last few months. interesting.
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 10, 2010
I had a few legitimate vendors trying to reach me for business (SEO, etc...) lately through Trulia...Not sure why they are going this way when I have my phone number and email address on all my web pages....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 10, 2010
It's just a new spin on a old scam. Have noticed a bunch of these.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 10, 2010
Hi Emily, thanks for confirming that by marking them spam in the "My Leads" section, you will be aware. I've been doing that and am happy to know that it alerts you as well. Any efficiency on steps is welcome ;-)

Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences - there seems to be a different crew hitting Florida at th moment. Crazy stuff.
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Dec 10, 2010
Too funny, figures I'd wind up in a brawl with you two ;-)

Hope you are both well, thanks for responding!

Best,
Jeannie
Web Reference: http://www.feenick.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 6, 2010
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