I checked a listing on the internet about a house which was great and affordable. The listing was on the website of the Spire Group Real Estate and the contact person was Nathan Ben David. I called the concerned person to inquire about the listing. He said that the place was cheap as the owners were not interested in the money, but to keep their home in a good condition.
He said that the house is in talks with other customers as well and he would inform me if I had a chance. However, he asked me to submit the cashier check to show my interest. I agreed and provided him the check.
After a week, I got a call from another agent who sounded very much like Nathan. He said that the agent has been changed for the house and he would be taking it further from there. He said that I can get that house for rent but the price would be doubled. I could not understand. It was suspicious, and his voice and tone were matching Nathan. Only difference was the contact number.
I said that I had already submitted the cashier check. He said that I would have to pay the difference amount and the remaining would be cleared by the Spire Group itself. It grew my suspicion even more.
The more he talked, the more I got into doubts. I said that I would like to withdraw my interest and wanted my check back. To this, he said that I would have to contact the CEO of the Spire Group. I did that. I mailed the CEO and waited for a reply. But, nothing happened. I was not contacted back. I did not want to lose my money, so I contacted Nathan.
He ignored my calls for some time. Later, I got an idea. I called the other agent from a different number and asked for Nathan. You won’t believe it. He answered. He talked as Nathan. When I told him about myself, he disconnected.
I messaged Nathan that I wanted my check back, or I would have to get the legal aid. He messaged back that he would return my check. He came to my place, three days later to give my check back. He was with a non-affiliated party, Niv Shaked who was the one to hand over my check.
It was unethical and dangerous too. I stay alone, and this gave me a fright. I would suggest not to deal with this group. The CEO seem unreachable and the agents scare people for money. This group is not safe to deal with and full of scammers, especially Nathan.
So, stay away from them.
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