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People selling property in Cyprus are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from a company called ‘Prime Consortium’ who are trying to obtain their bank account details in return for a 10 per cent deposit.

Fraudsters target property sellers in CyprusA COMPANY by the name of Prime Property Consortium LLC, which claims to be listed on the Emirates Stock exchange, has contacted a number of people selling their property in Cyprus in efforts to obtain their bank details.

If you receive emails from this company, I suggest you report the issue to the company advertising your property and also the police.

The first email you receive will probably be as follows:

Hello Seller,

how are you doing today? my name Mr. Luz Bayon from Prime Property Consortium LLC, our company is listed on the Emirates Stock exchange and it’s a well known and popular company in the GCC ,we buy , renovate and Sell / Lease properties,

Meanwhile i’ve went to download all the pictures and details about your property , but i need to let you know that i’m purchasing this property for a client who really needed it, we got his friend one property in Monaco ,France last April 2014 ,so the friend introduced him to us ,i’ve sent him all the pictures and the information of the property. Meanwhile can you please tell me the best price and every other fee attached to the property so that i can explain everything to the buyer. A Private notary will contact you about the property later. But most importantly what’s the best price of the Property ?

Thanks for the understanding and looking forwards to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards
Luz Bayon Engr.
FOR: Prime Consortium
723-343-1391 ( SMS ONLY AT WORKING HOURS )

If you reply to this email you will receive a second email making an offer for the property saying that the company will pay 10 per cent of the price offered into your bank account if you have a contract of sale drawn up.

Eventually, after negotiating the price by email, you will receive an offer for the full asking price and you will receive the name and address of the alleged purchaser. The email will ask you for the full names and address to send the deposit check or the bank name, bank address, account name, account no. IBAN NO. for transfer of the deposit.

Property Consortium LLC has advertisements posted on a number of Internet sites. One advertisement offers employment with travel to the company’s head office in Abu Dhabi (at the company’s expense) to meet the management team. The contact provided is Wilson Churchill – [email protected]

Before doing business with any company or replying to unsolicited emails, ensure you do the necessary due diligence before engaging with the company.

Readers' comments

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  • Peter says:

    As a seller, I would get suspicious that the only webpage I find on the internet about this company is this article and the following company details in Nigeria:

    Prime Property Consortium

  • Martyn says:

    Stuart
    LOL I cannot stop great comment, they are all fraudsters especially the government, solicitors and builders?.

  • Frank says:

    Should we be grateful then, to those developers who have withheld Title Deeds: thus protecting ‘buyers’ from even less scrupulous fraudsters than those developers are, themselves?

  • @Rosemarie on 2015/07/07 at 2:14 pm – I agree, but some people are so desperate to sell and move on they want to believe it’s a genuine offer.

    It’s similar situation to those who were told could double their money in a few short months by buying and flipping a property in Cyprus. They wanted to believe it so much they convinced themselves it was true.

  • Rosemarie says:

    The grammar and style of communication would make me smell a rat immediately! it reminds me of scams coming out of Nigeria.

  • Steve R says:

    It’s got to start alarm bells ringing when somebody tells you that they have a buyer for your property.

  • Stuart says:

    Fraudsters in Cyprus?? I can’t believe it!

  • Who Gives says:

    Looks like another group of Cowboys trying to make a fast buck.

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