Our office has also received an offer from this person using exactly the same verbiage as you have received. Our property is in the $700K range. We have been trying to establish whether or not he is a scammer as well, and our thought process has been the same as yours: If he shows us the money with a wire transfer, maybe he's for real. We thought it was possible because our dollar is weak in the world, making our real estate look like a bargain, and the Chinese are experiencing inflation with their currency, so investing overseas for them may look like a solid bet. Also, just because he's offered on more than one property doesn't mean he's a scammer - it may just mean he's got a ton of money to invest, BUT...we also find this scenario highly suspect and are trying to sort it out.
We have given this person the name of an attorney in our area with whom to work, and to our knowledge that attorney has not yet been contacted by him. I will watch this thread carefully to see what your experience is, and I'll let you know what ours is.
What's baffling to me is how this could work if it's a scam. In our part of the U.S. very few offices - attorney's or real estate - keep that kind of money in their trust accounts, plus who in his or her right mind would let a reimbursement go out against a check that was not verified to have cleared? It seems like such a long shot for the scammer, but I suppose if he scores once it's all been worth it.
See the sticky at the top of this forum.
Also, this may be a new variation on a real estate fake check scam. The scam has worked as indicated in the sticky. The variation is now that the scammers may be targeting individual sellers as well. In short, everyone is their Potential victim.
Silence is the scammer's best friend; knowledge is the scammer's worst enemy. 沈黙は詐欺師のよき友達、知識は詐欺師の天敵。Think globally, act globally.
If the check was stolen or forged by a good forger, then at first glance the bank may not spot it as a bad one. Some of the scammers are very good forgers.
The problem can arise when they have paid out on it and then some time later find out it is a dud.
As they can then claim that they paid it out by honouring something YOU took to them they will demand re-payment.
Of course by that time you have sent some of it to the scammer via various means.
So not only are you out of pocket, you may then get a visit from the police asking why you are in POSSESSION of a forged instrument and committing fraud by attempting to cash it.
Overall not a good situation to be in.
*What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.*
@MyLife.Part2 I am a Realtor. "Ding Lin" emailed our office with a near full price offer on a high end property. So far, the attorneys we have consulted believe it's a scam and won't have anything to do with the situation. Interestingly, Ding Lin DID call one of the attorneys and leave a voice mail message. He did have a Chinese accent - real or otherwise. He has also sent us an alleged copy of his passport when we told him that no local attorney would work with him because his name was associated with a scam. I think he has only 2 options to prove himself "legit." One would be to WIRE the money to us and have it verified as cleared, and the other would be to simply show up, as he says he will in the initial offer email, so that we can see a real person and send him to have a face to face with one of our real estate attorneys.