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    flourtin is offline Junior Member
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    NHE Certification Scam-2012

    NHE Certification Scam- NHE Scholarships Seminar

    My wife and I attended a NHE seminar, supposedly sponged by The National Housing Endowment International Builders Scholarship Association to provide monetary support to NAHB Student Chapter members but I think it was just a hoax to get people to sign up on their $1000 builders certification program.

    Know this and be warned, builders who show up at your door are usually there with ill-intent - not many are likely to show up and offer deals to customers if they are highly sought after. One of the most common builder scams is to show up with 'left-over' materials from a local job. The builder will then make you an offer that seems unbelievable and will promise you that they'll get the job done quickly as they're moving on to another soon. Never make a deal at your doorstep with a builder who is clearly trying this scam out on you. Most of these builders are rogue traders and won't even have insurance. They're likely to be working on their own and without the backing of any reputable trade organization. This means that you have no fall back if something goes wrong and the lack of contract is probably going to work in their favor, not yours.

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by flourtin View Post
    NHE Certification Scam- NHE Scholarships Seminar

    My wife and I attended a NHE seminar, supposedly sponged by The National Housing Endowment International Builders Scholarship Association to provide monetary support to NAHB Student Chapter members but I think it was just a hoax to get people to sign up on their $1000 builders certification program.

    Know this and be warned, builders who show up at your door are usually there with ill-intent - not many are likely to show up and offer deals to customers if they are highly sought after. One of the most common builder scams is to show up with 'left-over' materials from a local job. The builder will then make you an offer that seems unbelievable and will promise you that they'll get the job done quickly as they're moving on to another soon. Never make a deal at your doorstep with a builder who is clearly trying this scam out on you. Most of these builders are rogue traders and won't even have insurance. They're likely to be working on their own and without the backing of any reputable trade organization. This means that you have no fall back if something goes wrong and the lack of contract is probably going to work in their favor, not yours.
    There are tons of NHE certification scams like yours online. Buyer BEWARE!

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl K. View Post
    There are tons of NHE certification scams like yours online. Buyer BEWARE!
    Yeah I've seen them.

    Here is one of the emails I saw online:

    Dear Sir,

    Request For Urgent Business Relationship

    We have the pleasure to make this surprising but mutually benefiting business proposal. I am a member of the newly inaugurated committee for the privatization of the private land of the NHE (National Housing Enterprise), in Namibia. The members of the committee are interested in the importation of goods into the country with funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Namibia / Namibia National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) foreign payments account. I got your address through the office of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    The federal military government of Namibia, intends to lease these properties to private individuals and companies. This is to make the land more viable, resourceful and to increase property value for owners worldwide. This privatization is in-line with the recommendations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for future financial assistance BLAH-BLAH-BLAH...

    Tip: the beginning of the link address should have https://. Phishing fakes will just have http:// (no s). If still in doubt, make a phone call to the financial institution to verify if the email is legit. In the meantime, if an email seems suspicious to you, do not trust it. Being skeptical could save you hundreds of lost dollars.

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by flourtin View Post
    Yeah I've seen them.

    Here is one of the emails I saw online:

    Dear Sir,

    Request For Urgent Business Relationship

    We have the pleasure to make this surprising but mutually benefiting business proposal. I am a member of the newly inaugurated committee for the privatization of the private land of the NHE (National Housing Enterprise), in Namibia. The members of the committee are interested in the importation of goods into the country with funds presently floating in the Central Bank of Namibia / Namibia National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) foreign payments account. I got your address through the office of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

    The federal military government of Namibia, intends to lease these properties to private individuals and companies. This is to make the land more viable, resourceful and to increase property value for owners worldwide. This privatization is in-line with the recommendations of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prerequisite for future financial assistance BLAH-BLAH-BLAH...

    Tip: the beginning of the link address should have https://. Phishing fakes will just have http:// (no s). If still in doubt, make a phone call to the financial institution to verify if the email is legit. In the meantime, if an email seems suspicious to you, do not trust it. Being skeptical could save you hundreds of lost dollars.
    Thank you for this information. I've received a dozen or more of these emails and wondered about their legitimacy for quite some time. Now I have no doubt.

    Much appreciated.

    Jen

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by flourtin View Post
    NHE Certification Scam- NHE Scholarships Seminar

    My wife and I attended a NHE seminar, supposedly sponged by The National Housing Endowment International Builders Scholarship Association to provide monetary support to NAHB Student Chapter members but I think it was just a hoax to get people to sign up on their $1000 builders certification program.

    Know this and be warned, builders who show up at your door are usually there with ill-intent - not many are likely to show up and offer deals to customers if they are highly sought after. One of the most common builder scams is to show up with 'left-over' materials from a local job. The builder will then make you an offer that seems unbelievable and will promise you that they'll get the job done quickly as they're moving on to another soon. Never make a deal at your doorstep with a builder who is clearly trying this scam out on you. Most of these builders are rogue traders and won't even have insurance. They're likely to be working on their own and without the backing of any reputable trade organization. This means that you have no fall back if something goes wrong and the lack of contract is probably going to work in their favor, not yours.
    NHE certification scams have been happening for over a decade. When I was in the mortgage industry we had to fend off false claims like these on a monthly basis.

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by flourtin View Post
    NHE Certification Scam- NHE Scholarships Seminar

    My wife and I attended a NHE seminar, supposedly sponged by The National Housing Endowment International Builders Scholarship Association to provide monetary support to NAHB Student Chapter members but I think it was just a hoax to get people to sign up on their $1000 builders certification program.

    Know this and be warned, builders who show up at your door are usually there with ill-intent - not many are likely to show up and offer deals to customers if they are highly sought after. One of the most common builder scams is to show up with 'left-over' materials from a local job. The builder will then make you an offer that seems unbelievable and will promise you that they'll get the job done quickly as they're moving on to another soon. Never make a deal at your doorstep with a builder who is clearly trying this scam out on you. Most of these builders are rogue traders and won't even have insurance. They're likely to be working on their own and without the backing of any reputable trade organization. This means that you have no fall back if something goes wrong and the lack of contract is probably going to work in their favor, not yours.
    Nhe certification scams are abundant on Google. There are about 20 nhe scams alone on one scam site. There are other mortgage scams that go by a similar nhe name too so be careful.
    I was invited to this as well but it seemed too fishy for it to be real. It sounds like the exact same scam. You can contact the FBI: FBI — Mortgage Fraud if you suspect something is not right.

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by flourtin View Post
    NHE Certification Scam- NHE Scholarships Seminar

    My wife and I attended a NHE seminar, supposedly sponged by The National Housing Endowment International Builders Scholarship Association to provide monetary support to NAHB Student Chapter members but I think it was just a hoax to get people to sign up on their $1000 builders certification program.

    Know this and be warned, builders who show up at your door are usually there with ill-intent - not many are likely to show up and offer deals to customers if they are highly sought after. One of the most common builder scams is to show up with 'left-over' materials from a local job. The builder will then make you an offer that seems unbelievable and will promise you that they'll get the job done quickly as they're moving on to another soon. Never make a deal at your doorstep with a builder who is clearly trying this scam out on you. Most of these builders are rogue traders and won't even have insurance. They're likely to be working on their own and without the backing of any reputable trade organization. This means that you have no fall back if something goes wrong and the lack of contract is probably going to work in their favor, not yours.
    Although there are still plenty of scammers out there, I think there has been a significant crackdown on mortgage scams. There are a period between 2007-20011 where there were as many scams like the NHE Certification one as there were legitimate opportunities to reduce ones mortgage. Sites like this one helped educate people and so it helped slow down what was increasingly becoming a crisis.

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Thanks for posting this information. It is still pretty tough getting a mortgage in Florida, to the point that we might just give up and start renting. Mark is right there are still a lot o scams out there that people are just not aware of. Many of them seem so legitimate when you learn about them and that is primarily why so many people get stung. There are some great articles online for anyone who wants to learn how to avoid the most common scams. This NHE scam is new to me but I'll keep a look out. thanks!

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    Re: NHE Certification Scam-2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Karensunflower View Post
    Thanks for posting this information. It is still pretty tough getting a mortgage in Florida, to the point that we might just give up and start renting. Mark is right there are still a lot o scams out there that people are just not aware of. Many of them seem so legitimate when you learn about them and that is primarily why so many people get stung. There are some great articles online for anyone who wants to learn how to avoid the most common scams. This NHE scam is new to me but I'll keep a look out. thanks!
    I'm really glad I found this online. I've received at least a dozen of those 'NHE Certification Free Seminar' emails since March and I used to wonder if they were legitimate or not but no more. I think these scammers get your email and contact information from legitimate sites who may sell the information unknowingly to scammers. I have no idea how else they got my contact information and email address. Now every time I get an email that has the NHE in the heading I immediately toss it into my Spam folder. The quicker the housing market picks back up the sooner we can start to see the end to these types of scams.

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