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Omaha man suspected of trying to lure female real estate agents to fake showings

Local agents warned about 'suspicious character'

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In what is becoming far too common an occurrence, female real estate agents and Realtors in the Omaha, Nebraska area are on alert after reports surfaced of a man attempting to lure female agents to fake showings.

The Omaha World-Herald has the details on the latest in an alarming trend.

In this case, the Omaha Area Board of Realtors warned its more than 2,500 members about reports that a “suspicious character” was attempting to coerce female agents into meeting at what turned out to be fake home showings.

From the Omaha World-Herald:

More than one agent reported that a man was asking to meet at a vacant residence. The man used different names but similar tactics. The “red flags” led the women to be wary, and the Realtors board sent out the text.

The news from Omaha is the latest in the trend of female real estate agents being targets of predatory schemes.

In December, a Louisiana man was arrested for cyberstalking several local Realtors.

From Alexandria, Louisiana’s The Town Talk:

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office received complaints about threatening, graphic texts from multiple victims starting Nov. 30. The victims, all Realtors, said the suspect was aware of their vocation and attempted to arrange an appointment to meet some of them in person.

And in the aftermath of the most shocking and tragic of these events, the trial for Arron Lewis, the man who stands accused of abducting and killing Arkansas Realtor Beverly Carter in 2014, is set to begin in the coming days.

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