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Lease-to-Own Lure: Alleged Real Estate Scam Preyed on Absentee Owners
RentedSpaces.com ^ | June 8, 2010 | Sheree Curry

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: homes; lease; realestate; scam

1 posted on 06/08/2010 2:48:37 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

GUILTY!


2 posted on 06/08/2010 2:51:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

The reverse scam was popular during the last round of foreclosure—people renting vacant homes they didn’t own to tenants.


3 posted on 06/08/2010 2:52:01 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: dfwgator
GUILTY!

YEAH, very much so.
Fat too.


4 posted on 06/08/2010 2:57:45 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

Just her claiming to have a boyfriend should have been all the “red flag” needed by anyone with a grain of sense.


5 posted on 06/08/2010 3:01:30 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


6 posted on 06/08/2010 3:02:43 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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).


7 posted on 06/08/2010 3:04:17 PM PDT by Ozone34 ("There are only two philosophies: Thomism and bullshitism!" -Leon Bloy)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Golly, how do these people come up with this stuff?


8 posted on 06/08/2010 3:16:50 PM PDT by DallasDeb (USAFA '06 Mom)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

How long did it take for her to extract her ‘bicycle’ when she rode it?


9 posted on 06/08/2010 3:40:18 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

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.


10 posted on 06/08/2010 3:41:42 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m not seeing her motive. What did she stand to gain from leasing these many homes?


11 posted on 06/08/2010 3:51:18 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (STOP the Tyrananny State.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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.

12 posted on 06/08/2010 4:37:08 PM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: ridesthemiles

Just reading the words fries my mind. Thanks for not posting pictures!


13 posted on 06/08/2010 4:49:42 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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