Skip to comments.Lease-to-Own Lure: Alleged Real Estate Scam Preyed on Absentee Owners
Posted on 06/08/2010 2:48:37 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
Riding up to homes for sale on her bicycle, Pamela Winegardner allegedly would chat with listing agents about her new business ventures, her career as a six-figure human resources consultant, her dying grandmother, her boyfriend's injured daughter, and her need to move quickly out of her current rental because the owners have new people moving in soon.
She'd like to buy this home, she reportedly said, but she first needed to lease it for a couple of months while she waited for some financial matters from a business deal to settle. She came across as poised, friendly, and likable, but Winegardner held a secret, real estate agents and authorities say: She is a scam artist.
According to real estate agents and landlords who count themselves as her victims: Winegardner posed over and over again as a prospective homebuyer interested in a lease-to-own option; she never bothered to change her name, only her voice, as she scammed her way into nearly two dozen known Ohio homes -- until their owners caught on and evicted her.
(Excerpt) Read more at rentedspaces.com ...
The reverse scam was popular during the last round of foreclosure—people renting vacant homes they didn’t own to tenants.
YEAH, very much so.
Just her claiming to have a boyfriend should have been all the “red flag” needed by anyone with a grain of sense.
They say that there’s a sucker born every minute. That would mean there are approximately half a million suckers born every year. It’s a lowball figure, in my opinion.
If anyone wants to vicariously experience what it’s like to be taken in by this kind of scum, check out the Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffeth, Matthew Modine movie, “Pacific Heights” (1990).
Golly, how do these people come up with this stuff?
How long did it take for her to extract her ‘bicycle’ when she rode it?
Didn’t anyone run a credit check, request income verification?
This is beyond being gullible.
I have a hard time believing anyone can be this gullible, but maybe some desperate owner would fall for this — but the real estate agents?!
They should have smelled this scam a mile away.
I’m not seeing her motive. What did she stand to gain from leasing these many homes?
Maybe just a place to live after she got evicted from her last place.
Just reading the words fries my mind. Thanks for not posting pictures!