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Steve Agardi Imposter

Hello everyone,

Recently we encountered an unfortunate situation where an imposter was posing online as our own broker, Steve Agardi. A client, who shall remain anonymous, was searching through Craigslist.com where she came upon a listing and she reached out to the supposed Steve. The Steve imposter then contacted her from 2 different phone numbers. One number’s area code was 516, obviously a New York number, not quite too suspicious. However, the odd thing was that the second number that had called her had a +2 area code meaning that the source of the call came all the way from …. this is where it gets weird….AFRICA! This was a red flag since it’s quite obvious that the real Steve does not reside in Africa. The ad has since then been deleted off Craigslist.com.

So today we are asking all of you, our clients and future clients, to be wary of certain ambiguous ads relating to EXIT Realty One. We really need your help in stopping this since this was not the first time that this has happened. Back in December, another bogus listing under Steve’s name was posted on Mapliv.com.

Everyone please be aware that Steve’s real cell phone number starts with area code 718 and any number different from that is NOT Steve. Steve’s real email address is brokers@exitrealtyone.com NOT steveagardi@yahoo.com. EXIT Realty One does NOT operate through yahoo.com email services. Also, be aware that EXIT Realty One DOES post on Craigslist.com but the email associated with our account is brokers@exitrealtyone.com and NOT steveagardi@yahoo.com.

Please be on the lookout for anymore fraudulent listings under Steve Agardi’s name. If you do spot one, please kindly screenshot a picture and email it to brokers@exitrealtyone.com along with a web address link with subject line “Fake Listing.”  We really need your help in resolving this issue! Please be watchful and we are sincerely sorry if this situation causes any problems for our clients.

 

Sincerely,

EXIT Realty One

Annie Ortiz on April 22, 2014 at 02:06pm
I was looking for a good deal on Craigslist, and I stumbled upon a nice apartment and I immediately emailed steveagardi@yahoo.com. Below is his response to me. I just want to make sure that this is not fraudulent so I tried to inquire in the internet the name Steve Agardi. And behold, this is what I found. Below are his responses. First Letter Hello, PEACE BE WITH YOU. Thanks for your interest in my apartment,its very much available for rent. I am sure you would be asking yourself why the rent is low, that's because am not too keen about the rent amount but to whom i am renting the apartment out to. My intention is to rent it out to someone that is responsible,neat and ready to take great care of the apartment as if it were his or her own. I am very certain that you would love the comfortability of the apartment, it is available for immediate move-in. I would like you to know that i am giving this home out for rent because i am among the missionaries posted to West Africa to work for God and would spend couple of years before i would be through with my assignment here. So my family and i have decided that we would be moving to our other home in Seattle, Washington when we get back to the states,i would like you to complete the tenant application form below and please be honest with these details to enable us choose the right tenant. LOCATION :( 6125 98th str. rego park queens NY 11374 ) Rent Per Month: $1000 (Including Utilities) Security Deposit: $600 (Refundable) Beds: 1 Baths:1 Sqft: 850 Lot: 1,176 sq ft / 0.03 acres Type: Single Family Parking: -- Availability: now Lease term: One Year Cooling: Wall Pets: Yes Utilities included: Water, Sewage, Garbage Furnished: No High-speed internet ready: YES Onsite laundry: YES Disability access: Cooling system: Available High Ceilings Stainless Steel Appliances Large Kitchen, Brand New Cabinets, Electric Cooker, dish washer & Refrigerator Heat and hot water, Washer and Dryer in the apartment also. COMPLETE THE TENANT APPLICATION FORM BELOW: FIRST NAME:_________ MIDDLE NAME:_________________ LAST NAME:__________________ AGE:_____ SEX:________________ PROFESSION:________________ MARITAL STATUS____________ TIME ON YOUR JOB:______ PHONE NUMBERS (CELL)PHONE____ (WORK)PHONE____ (HOME)PHONE_____ KIDS___ (YES/NO), HOW MANY_____ PRESENT ADDRESS:____ WHY ARE YOU LEAVING? HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING?_______ WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?________ HOW SOON CAN YOU MAKE THE DEPOSIT?______ IF YOU HAVE A PET?_____- DO YOU SMOKE?______________ DO YOU DRINK?_________ DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHTS____ Second Letter: Hello Mary Ann, Blessed day to you and your lovely family, how are you doing today? hope good, may the blessings of the Lord be with us and our families,and thanks for your response to my email and i was very impressed by your quick response. This email is to bring to your notice that my wife and i have gone through your wonderful details and are very willing and happy to rent our beautiful home to you, because we see you have a nice job, we also need you to know that we are a very peaceful and God fearing family and we try as much as possible to stay away from troubles so in that case we are only searching for occupant who are willing to work with us in a peaceful manner knowing that we are out of the country. And yes,the apartment has a heater and its included in your rent. A little about my self and my family Name: Steve Agardi / wife : Agatha Agardi Kids Tara,Nathaniel & Elizabeth Present location : V.G.C, Lagos Nigeria Like you know so many people are making inquiry and we have some potential tenants who are ready to pay for the apartment, but my wife was really interested in you and feels you might be the best person to take very good care of the apartment, since you sound very responsible, i know you promise to come up with the deposit, but will want you to view the apartment first,before making the payment of either the rent or security deposit,and we can't also just stand on your promise alone, when we have lots of potential applicant, please is not as if i we don't trust you, but we just have to be sure you are serious about renting our apartment and not just making inquiry. So it will be appreciated if you can make a commitment towards the apartment to show your seriousness and readiness to take the apartment, with that,we can stop any contact with other potential tenants and file you as our new tenant,i do like to make some things clear, the money is really not the problem, all we want is someone who can take very good care of the apartment and also meet up with the rent with no stories. please do get back to me if you are still interested, and below is what will be requiring from you. 1) we will want you to give us your word in writing that, if giving the apartment you are going to take very good care of the apartment as if is your own and promise to start making the payment for rent from Middle or ending of April, you can move in asap but rent starts taking effect from May 2) i will also be needing from you to send me a picture or any from of identification so we can get to know you 3) we will want you to make the payment of $220 which will be used for the delivery of the package (keys and documents) instead of the initial $600 deposit, and the $220 will also be deducted when paying up the money for the security deposit. If you can produce all this, we will be sending you the keys and other necessary documents below,so you can go view the apartment immediately 1) Entrance and the rooms Keys 2) Paper/Permanent house form (Containing your reference details) 3) Agreement Form which you would sign and send back to me. 4) The House Documentary file. 5) Payment Receipt. 6) Full address and description of the house 7) Authorization Letter signed by me which you will show at the building giving you all legal access to the apartment in my absence. 8) Lease Agreement i await your positive response so i can send you the payment information you will be needing to make the payment of the $220.and is going to be a 24hrs next day delivery if i can send the package out today, you will be able to receive it by tomorrow and will also be sending you tracking number to allow you track online to know the exact time the package will be getting to your delivery address. I will be waiting to hear from you thanks and God bless
Jose A. Cornier on July 24, 2014 at 04:58pm
Saw a listing today with the yahoo email address. I searched for the address just to double check and it brought me here. I spoke with Zaim and hopefully he can help me find a rental. You can thank the CL poster for bringing at least one person to your site. :-)
Clayton Moser on April 22, 2015 at 07:25pm
Still a problem. I emailed today about an apartment and received the same email listed below.
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