Fraud

Title Tip: Top Five Scams That Target Real Estate Agents

By CandysDirt.com Contributor / March 26, 2019 / 2 Comments

By Lydia Blair Special Contributor Buyers and sellers aren’t the only victims of real estate scams and crimes. Realtors are also a favorite target of crooks, criminals, and other shady types. Due to the nature of the real estate business, agents naturally come in contact and work with strangers on a regular basis. Most real […]

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Title Tip: The Top 6 Scams Aimed at Home Sellers

By CandysDirt.com Contributor / March 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Lydia Blair Special Contributor The internet can be both an ally and an adversary to today’s home seller. When it comes to scams and cons, homeowners are easy prey for professional criminals. Let’s face it. When selling real estate, you are inviting strangers into your home. Figuratively with online photos, maps, and more. And […]

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Home Buyers Can Be a Lucrative Target for Scammers

By CandysDirt.com Contributor / March 12, 2019 / 0 Comments
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Lydia Blair Special Contributor When you’re buying a home, the last thing you want to think about is criminals and scammers. Unfortunately, as a homebuyer, you are a major (and often easy) target for criminal types. With thousands of unwitting victims every year, it is a lucrative business for crooks. Maybe homebuyers should be afraid. […]

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Christian Custom Homes CEO Now Facing SEC Charges

By Bethany Erickson / January 28, 2019 / 1 Comment

SEC charges come two months after the Texas State Securities Board charged Christian Custom Homes CEO Phillip Carter with fraud Agency alleges Carter and two co-conspirators defrauded more than 270 investors Christian Custom Homes and several other companies owned by Carter are now under control of new manager A little more than two months after […]

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Christian Custom Homes President and Wife Indicted on State Fraud Charges

By Bethany Erickson / November 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Investors were lured by brochures, radio interviews, and email invitations for dinners, where they could learn about “9% investment return opportunities” with North Forty Development and Texas First Financial. Instead, hundreds saw their money allegedly spent on anything but real estate development. The president of Frisco-based Christian Homes, Phillip Michael Carter, and his wife, Shelley […]

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Home Buyers (and Realtors) Beware: Fraud Can Come To Your Inbox

By Bethany Erickson / September 9, 2018 / 1 Comment
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When my husband and I closed on our newest home in December, I remember vividly the flurry of emails between the lender, the title company, our Realtor, and more. It seemed like daily — and especially as the closing date drew nearer, hourly — there was some new form that would need to be signed, […]

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