October 24, 2016

In Omaha: Man Tries to Lure Female Agents

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In Omaha: Man Tries to Lure Female Agents

Following a similar string of reports across the country, a suspicious man in Omaha, Neb. is reportedly trying to lure female real estate agents to fake home showings.

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The Omaha Area Board of REALTORS® used its new text message alert system to recently warn its 2,500 agents to stay on guard.

The man reportedly has contacted several female real estate agents in the area requesting a meeting at a vacant residence. He used different names when he tried to book the appointments.

The alert is the latest in a string nationwide of female real estate agents who have been the targets of predatory schemes, HousingWire reports. At the end of November, in Alexandria, La., Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office said they received complaints from several real estate professionals who said they received threatening, graphic texts. The agents told police that the man knew they were real estate agents and had attempted to arrange a meeting in-person. Also, in Greenville, S.C., reports were raised at the end of the year about female agents who had received phone calls from a man threatening violent sex crimes against their family members. 

Source: “Omaha REALTORS® Board Alerts Agents of Person Trying to Lure Women REALTORS®,” Omaha World-Herald (Jan. 9, 2016) and “Omaha Man Suspected of Trying to Lure Female Real Estate Agents to Fake Showings,” HousingWire (Jan. 11, 2016)