Scammers target two houses in attempted fraud

There have been two recent attempts to fraudulently sell Perth homes as scammers continue to target WA's real estate industry.

Police say fraudsters overseas successfully changed contact details on properties north and south of the river, owned by Australians living in South Africa.

The real estate agents then sent copies of documents related to the properties to the scammers.

They subsequently made requests to sell the two properties, valued at $700,000 and $800,000.

In one case, the agent became suspicious after receiving a phone call from the scammer, who had an African accent, wanting an urgent sale for the property that had just sold two months earlier.

In the second case, the agency received copies of fake passports, forged signatures and a letter of verification, purportedly from the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, to back up the ownership claims.

The fraudster requested an urgent sale and promised the agency future sales.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Anne Driscoll says property managers need to be on high alert to guard their clients from fraud.

"If a request comes in any form saying I wish to change my contact details, we should be confirming with the old details," she said.

"And we should also have a security question, you know, what was the name of the first street you lived in so simple things like that."

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