Friday, June 6, 2008

Round Rock man scams people looking to lease a house by posing as a Real Estate Agent

"Timothy Alonzo Nero did everything he could to convince customers he was a legitimate real estate agent, Round Rock police say.
The 25-year-old had business cards, a convincing company name — BGN Management— and two office addresses. In at least one case, he had a key to the home he was trying to rent out.
But after Nero collected $25 for an application fee and $499 for a discounted first month's rent, his potential renters found that the key he'd given them to 1008 Howell Terrace Place home didn't work, police say."


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He found these people through advertising on craigslist.org. There is a lesson to be learned here. If you are working with a Real Estate agent, you can verify their identity with the Texas Real Estate Commission as well as the Austin Board of Realtors.

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