(KFYI News) Phoenix police say since June 2013, suspect Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla has been defrauding citizens of thousands of dollars by posing as a realtor and offering to sell homes he has no authority to sell. He changes his occupation, sometimes telling victims he works for himself or he Â works for a realty company. Â
Once he identifies a home seeker and a property, Gandarilla usually does not go with the victim to look at the home. Instead, he provides the address and the lockbox code. Â
Phoenix Police Â are not sure how he gets the lockbox codes. Â Once an unsuspecting person determines they want to purchase the home, Gandarilla asks for a down payment and has the victim sign a contract. down payments have ranged from $1500 dollars to $11,500. Â Eventually the victim learns the property cannot be sold by Gandarilla. Â When they try to reach him to demand their money back, he does not answer the calls.Â
Phoenix Police have identified 8 victims of Gandarillaâ€™s fraud scheme, so far, with a total loss of $45,040. They are asking anyone who may have information about Alfredo Juarez Gandarilla to please call Silent Witness at (480) W-I-T-N-E-SS.