New scam -- Sellers beware
My friend has had her house on the market in northern Florida for about 6 months. They have lowered the price several times and finally received a full price offer about 6 weeks ago. The buyer's RE agent said they were Japanese nationals being transferred to the US and that their company would be paying for the house. They offered $10k in earnest money deposit. Unfortunately, this is where it unravels. The earnest money was never sent... The seller's RE agent called the company in question (accounting dept) and was told they didn't know anything about this transaction. The agent chalked it up to HR not telling Acct about it yet.
Meanwhile, the sellers are packing and getting ready to move, since the buyers wanted closing to be 3 weeks after contract, and it was a cash deal, so no financing to slow things down.
After a week of stalling on the buyer's agent's part about the earnest money ("it's coming... they're transferring the entire amount, not just the 10k"...), the seller (my friend) called their bluff. Turns out the buyers never really existed, the house was never shown by the supposed buyer's agent, and it was all a scam to get account numbers.
Sigh. What is this world coming to?