Below is a salutary tale of how easy it can be to create a scam to steal life savings using property fraud. The distress this causes is life changing. With this in mind, don't baulk at answering what might seem to be invasive questions when you are buying a property. It's not that we are being nosy, we are trying to look after your interests.
Solicitors lost £600k from client’s house sale in scam Giuseppe Oliva was jailed for five years and banned from being a company director Fraudsters used a bogus email to trick solicitors into sending more than £600,000 from the sale of a client’s house to their bank account. Nicola McConnell, 70, was defrauded of £613,000 when she sold her five-bedroom house in Fulham, southwest London, for £1.9 million. The fraudsters created an email account with one letter different from hers and used it to request the money from her solicitors.