Scammers Targeting Relators

LITTLE ROCK, Ark -- Realtors across Central Arkansas area on high alert after a warning about a scam targeting people in their profession.

When the phone rings, Little Rock realtor Amy Bryant knows it's most likely someone looking to buy a house.

"Helping somebody find a place call home makes it totally worth it," said Bryant

However, these days realtors like Bryant are being warned to be extra weary of who's on the other end of the phone.

"With today's society, the internet there is so much information available to anybody," said Bryant.

The Little Rock Realtors Association posted a message on its social media sites Wednesday, warning agents of someone calling and posing as a deputy. Then asking to meet the realtor somewhere.

The association said realtors in Pulaski and Faulkner Counties have recently been targeted.

"You do have to be smart and you do have to do my own research," said Bryant.

The LRRA said scammers tricked one realtor into believing they were Pulaski County deputies.

Con artists told the agent she missed jury duty and had to pay thousands of dollars to make a  warrant for her arrest disappear.

The LRRA said the realtor thought the caller sounded very convincing. So she paid up, finding out too late it was a money scam.

"My common sense thought is just to be careful," said Bryant.

Pulaski County Sheriff Lieutenant Cody Burk said it's a money scam he's seen make the rounds across the nation for years.

"We will never take money from you at the sheriff's office for any reason," said Lt. Burk.

"Question any type of call you might get in that regard," said Bryant.

Burk said if you feel like you're being scammed, contact authorities.

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