A Western Australian real estate agent is in hot water after falling victim to a scam.
A Mirrabooka real estate agent has undergone ‘disciplinary action’ following the fraudulent sale of a Ballajura home in April last year without the real owners’ knowledge or consent.
The State Administrative Tribunal will hear the case against the L.J. Hooker agent at Mirrabooka and licensee Mr John Samykannu for alleged breaches of the real estate agents’ Code of Conduct.
The owners discovered they had become victims of identity fraud by scammers in Nigeria when they returned to Perth to inspect the property in August.
The $400,000 made from the sale had been sent to a bank account in China.
The Commissioner for Consumer Protection will allege that the agency did not “exercise due skill, care and diligence by failing to properly verify the identities of the vendors”.
It is further alleged that the agent failed to act in the best interests of his clients and failed to act in accordance with their instructions by not contacting them via the details listed on the ‘authority to act as managing agent’ agreement for their property.