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Elvis Is A Scammer, and I Found Out Thanks To Activerain

Who needs Google when you have Activerain?

I received a suspicious e-mail today from an individual named Elvis Baker, Private Relocation Agent.  He says his clientele includes celebrities, government officials and other clients from the Gulf region. Big fat hairy deal. i'm surprised he didn't put a "Mr." in front of his name, he's so gosh darn dignified and all.

I read through the e-mail(which I will copy below) - basically, Elvis says he needs a residence for his client and client's mistress in Burien of all places. (Maybe Mr. and Mistress Moneybags would be interested in attending a "Raising Backyard Chickens" workshop with me once they move here and become my neighbor!). Anyway...

ROFLMAO.  That was the first sign that something was amiss.

So this "Mr. Baker" is asking me to send him listings according to the criteria he gives, with a price range of between $500,000 and $1 Million Dollars! And they would be paying CASH!

I read the e-mail all the way through, and being the gullible sort that I am, read through it again before deciding to take further action.  I checked the address and the message line; there was no [quarantine] sign, it looked like a normal e-mail.

I opened a new browser window.  Did I go to Google? Nope.  I wanted real answers...so I went straight to...

ACTIVERAIN!!

So I hit the "Search" button and typed "Elvis Baker" in the search field.  I saw what I wanted right there in the first listing. It was from a blog post written by Anna Baron entitled, "Craigslist Scam".  Her post described a different situation, but there was a comment by John Muckleroy on April 21, 2008 that detailed the exact e-mail. 

In a matter of seconds I had the answer I needed.  Elvis was indeed a scammer, but thanks to Anna, John and Activerain I won't have to wonder if I gave a cash buyer the cold shoulder, and I don't have to stare at the e-mail thinking, "What if?".  After all, I may be gullible, but I'm not stupid. 

"Elvis Baker", you can cram it!

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Here's the e-mail, FYI:

Dear Bosques Lisa,

 

I am a private relocation agent in the CANADA serving a niche market for top celebrities, government officials and clients from the Gulf region (mainly Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Russia) in meeting their relocation needs.

My clients needs vary considerably. Some of the services I provide to my clients range from simple acquisition of residential properties to assisting their siblings/mistresses settle down in a new country and acquisition of commercial properties.


One of my clients on this occasion has indicated interest in the acquisition of a residential property in the USA particularly in BURIEN for his mistress. Considering the financial implications of my travelling, your expertise, local knowledge and high hotel expenses of my stay, I have chosen to contact you on subject. Would you be kind enough to forward to me by email attachment some of the properties you have on your listing pursuant to this urgent need. To help narrow the search, I have outlined some of the specifics my client has given.

 

CLIENT’S SPECIFICS

 

*Minimum of three bedrooms

*Minimum of two baths

*Property must be a stand-alone (Fully Detached) house and not communal residence/block of flats

*Secure Private parking for at least two cars

*Available budget …$500,000 - $1M USD

*Choice residential location offering outright purchase

*Time frame given is three weeks

*Proximity to shopping mall and at the most 10 to 20 miles radius of a city centre

 

Please consider that my client on this occasion is expecting from me, a fast and excellent service as he has got some urgent family issues and has reposed confidence in me based on my track record from serving his friends and associates in the past. Be very free to contact me ASAP with details of any property reflecting the specifics above to discuss the way forward.

 

Be sure that we shall both be very clear on issues relating to fees/percentages and client meetings beforehand.


Thank you for your cooperation.


ELVIS BAKER        (A.K.A. CHUMP)

 

Email: (elvisbaker.props@gmail.com)

PRIVATE RELOCATION AGENT



Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Comment balloon 16 commentsLisa Bosques • July 31 2009 10:52PM

Comments

go easy on the "Elvis" bashing.. I'm a bit sensitive.

Posted by Alan May, Helping you find your way home. (Coldwell Banker Residential) over 9 years ago

Glad to hear you did your research.  One of the worst things about building a good web presence is the amount of crap that comes to your inbox.

Posted by Brian Brumpton, Boise Idaho Real Estate (Keller Williams Boise) over 9 years ago

Alan, I would never bash THE KING Elvis, never!

Brian, it's getting harder and harder to distinguish between what's crap and what's not!

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 9 years ago
I just got the same email, I did go to google and landed on your post on active rain! Thanks for posting, I am forwarding the email to my office manager to make sure everyone knows.
Posted by Mary Mathison over 9 years ago

I wonder what his scam is all about?  What do you think he was planning to do?

Posted by Crystal Kilpatrick, CHLMS,CNE, CRS - Austin & Central Texas Home Sales (Team Leader -Crystal Kilpatrick Group) over 9 years ago

Crystal, I'm not sure but I'm guessing it's along the same lines as the rental scam on Craigslist where they build trust, then send a check for a large amount of $$, ask you to take some out for deposit and send the rest back.  There must be some sort of twist to it. 

Mary, I let everyone in my office know as well. You never know...

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 9 years ago

Hi Lisa - I haven't seen real estate specific spam e-mails of the format that you posted.  "Elvis" seemed to easily narrow down the specific part of the Seattle area given that he has never been there.  I wonder what part of Canada he was supposedly living in.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

I also received this e-mail. I had a funny feeling it wasn't legit. Just like you I didn't want to blow off a possibility but didn't want to be duped either. The email verbiage is identical except for Seattle rather than Burien. I'll pass this along to my office as well.

Posted by Jeff Prescott over 9 years ago

and I sent him the listings he wanted..then I decided to search on line and found this site..lol. thank you very much..had my suspicions. His english was really wierd, he is probably from Kenya or one of those scam artisit countries.

Posted by Larry Prokop Prudential Nw Realty Federal Way, WA over 9 years ago

Thank you for your entry! We just got an email from "Elvis" and I was happy to find your warning.

Kerstin G. Brooks, Brooks & Heinze Team, Seattle, WA

Posted by Kerstin Brooks over 9 years ago

Hmm, looks like "Elvis" is targeting us agents here in the Seattle/Pacific Northwest area.  Other agents in my office have received this e-mail as well.  There should be a special place in Hades for these people. 

Another thing that just popped up in my mind - they could be targeting AR members.  The only people I know personally who received the e-mails are people with AR accounts.  Beware!!

Posted by Lisa Bosques over 9 years ago

Well well, I too got his email but his name came through on the email as Elvis ABKER.  His email address however is Baker.

 

Hm, I too thought a mistress wants to live in Bonney Lake.  I did respond via email but did not send any listings.  What is this dude up to?

 

Janie

Posted by Jane Alexander over 9 years ago

Looks like our pal from the north is also targeting non-activrain members ( I am a little slow on the uptake and have not gotten started with activrain yet.) because he sent me his "offer" too.

The rental scam I have seen consists of a tenant or representative sending more than first, last and security deposit, asking the balance be used to furnish the place. Then they change their mind about the furnishings and ask for that amount to be returned to them. The check then bounces leaving the depositor short thousands.

The checks they send look authentic.

Posted by dj over 9 years ago

Apparently the mistress has now decided that she wants to live in Camas, WA.  Mr. Elvis not only emailed me, but he also sent a separate email (but worded exactly the same) to my husband, who was an agent two years ago, but isn't any longer!

Posted by Linda Jacobs (Century 21 Cascade Pacific - Camas) over 9 years ago

Well, shoot!! I received the SAME emsil and Googled his name but didn't scroll down the page far enough to see the ActivRain posting on this "guy??" whatever it is. Well, I hope my computer doesn't get hacked into. Thanks for all the posts and the warnings!

Posted by Yvonne Nystrom - John L. Scott Kent North - Kent over 9 years ago

Oh wow!  Thanks for posting this - I wish I had found it when I received the same Elvis email about the same type of couple looking for a home in Kent.  I was looking online to find a story revealing he was a scammer and came up with nothing.  I just decided to report the email as spam and move on but it's interesting to know now that it truly was spam and that you and others received the same solicitation.  I raised an eyebrow when it said this fancy-pants couple was shopping for a home in Kent.  Kent is great and all, but there are other cities that such a worldly couple may prefer!

Posted by Stephanie Chumbley (RMLS) over 9 years ago

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