GJ Realtors Say They've Been Duped Out of Thousands

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

A Grand Junction realtor wants to warn you about a scam after she was conned out of hundreds of dollars in time and money and she's not the only victim.

Grand Junction Police say they've been keeping an eye on a local couple after several complaints from realtors.

The real estate agents say they've been had but police say there's no investigation because no crime has been committed. 11 News Reporter Jessica Zartler explains.

Judy Miller has only been a realtor at Century 21 for one year but she says she's learned a lesson that will last a career.

"A couple came in and they said a big deal went through and they had three million dollars to get invested right away, what would you say?" Judy Miller told 11 News on Friday.

It sounded to good to be true but Miller believed the couple was looking for a good home. But it was after she started showing them properties, they found one they liked and it was time to sign that the excuses started pouring in.

"They kept saying FedEx screwed up and then it didn't get here and then it wasn't written right," said Miller.

Meanwhile the couple asked her for money for food and hotel stays, saying they were robbed.

The first year realtor felt sorry but only gave them $40. She says other realtors were even more generous.

"Other real estate agents let them stay in their home, paid for their hotels, and one realtor told me they're out two-thousand dollars."

Miller complained to police but because she and other realtors gave the money willingly, Kate Porras with the Grand Junction Police Department says it's not fraud.

"We have known about this couple for a while and we're monitoring them but we're not investigating because they haven't committed a crime," she told 11 News on Friday.

Porras says it is a very fine line and investigators will be watching.

Miller is watching out too, she's already emailed other realtors telling them what to look out for.

"I just want them off the streets and out of Grand Junction. It's a nice town and they're out there scamming off people and taking money from people, I just want them gone," said Miller.

Because she doesn't want others to learn the same lesson she did the hard way.

Grand Junction Police say it's up to you to decide whether or not to do business and spend time with someone who's dragging you along.

They also say be weary before you give away money with no guarantee of getting it back.


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