THIS IS A HORRENDOUS SCAM THAT HAPPENED RIGHT HERE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD ~ TO ME! 

    *****  SCAM ALERT*****  

WARNING to RENTERS & FELLOW REAL ESTATE AGENTS  RENTAL SCAM ALERT

I am Bernie Flax, MD Real Estate Broker Lic # 613711 my email is bernie@bernieflax.com and my phone # is 410-208-3948.  

My listing at 81 Ocean Parkway has been advertised fraudulently on Craig’s List Eastern Shore as a property for rent.  

The “inquiry email" address was "bernie.flax@aol.com". (THIS IS NOT MINE)  Multiple consumers responded to the AOL email and were given complete information on the listing and since my name, Bernie Flax, is a local recognized broker thought it was legit.  These consumers did call me directly at my office to inquire about the rental and to everyone’s dismay it was a fraudulent ad. 

The Ocean Pines Police has been notified, the event report # is 16-00073996 so if anyone has had dealings with this scammer please call Ocean Pines Police ASAP at 410-641-7747 to report your experience with this SCAMMER. 

I was advised by Police to POST wherever possible, so please SHARE with everyone you can via all forms of media and feel free to call or email and SCAM the SCAMMER.  

The owner and I thank you in advance for helping warn the public of this intrusion of our privacy and fraudulent activity.

The scammer’s phone number is advertised as “Call or Text me ASAP +1(209) 230-5171” and the email address he is using is Bernie.flax@aol.com  

Below is the email response this scammer using. 

From: "bernie.flax@aol.com" <bernie.flax@aol.com>
To:

Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 6:43 AM
Subject: Re: Nice updates and a wooded location in between the north gate entrance

Hello,

Thanks for your interest and inquiries about my house. Yes the house is still available for rent and we are looking for a responsible person/family to occupy and maintain the house now that we are not around. Myself and my wife just traveled to West Africa for a program called SERVING IN MISSION (SIM), you can view the link for more info: (http://www.sim.org/index.php/content/our-purpose).        

We will be away for 3 to 4 years or more that is why I have made up my mind to put up my house for rent to whom ever that will take good care of it.  However, my initial plan was to sell the house  but it was not successful because the Realtor raised the price which made it difficult for me to sell before leaving the States so never mind if you see the for sale sign in front of the house, It has already been taken off the market as for sale so there is no need to contact any Realtor.

 I want you to understand that I spent a lot on my property that you have requested to rent, so I will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and would want you to treat it as your own because cleanliness they say is next to Godliness. It is not all about the money to be paid on rent or spent; it is all about a good maintenance culture which I want you to adopt on the property. I want you to keep it tidy all the time so that I would be full of smiles whenever I come and above all, a good, strong and tight relationship between us when I come for a check up. Please one more thing, I wouldn't like to have any benefit of trust in you because I want to stand in your words that the property would be well taken care of all the time. I believe you have seen how lovely it is if from only the pictures you saw in my posting compare to the 100% comfort to be derived from it as you are an occupant. 

FEATURES : Laundry, Electric Range, Electric Heat, Master Bedroom, Playground, Fenced Yard, Car Park.

AMENITIES: Air Conditioning, Patio/Party Deck, Cable TV, Ceiling Fans, 24 hours Internet service, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, security alarm, Pets Friendly, Refrigerator, Washer / Dryer. 

Rental Price: $750 per month and security Deposit is $900 (Security Deposit is Refundable) Utilities included in monthly rent.

 Pets are Welcome.

Here is the address to the house:81 Ocean Pkwy, Berlin, MD 21811

Bedroom: 3

Bathroom: 2

Living Building Square Footage: 1,288

I may not be returning to the house because we plan on buying another house upon arrival. For more inquiries, Here is my cell phone number, call or Text me ASAP +1(209) 230-5171.

Since this has happened, I have posted a video on my Facebook page, which if anyone knows me at all, you know how angry and upset I must have been to do that.  I want to thank everyone who responded so positively to that Post!  I also have contacted the AOL Fraud Department and hopefully they have shut down this horrible scam.  In addition, I went so far as to contact the State and Local Government Officials in the hope to get word out about this scam. The entire episode has dulled our thoughts for days.  Who would ever have thought that something of this magnitude could happen right here in Ocean Pines.  If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.  I really want to get this to as many important people in the know that I can.  If you would like to share this, please do.  We cannot allow this kind of behavior right in our own backyard.  We realize this happens everywhere, but when it happens to you, it sure does change your outlook on the human factor.  No one in this day and age needs to be soured to human nature, but this is just despicable.  The Eastern Shore, especially Worcester County, has always been an area of people that take care of each other and watch out for their neighbor.  This nonsense must stop.

Ocean Pines, MD Homes For Sale - Bernie Flax Broker/Owner, REALTOR®
I am very fortunate to live and own my EXIT Realty At The Beach office in the community of Ocean Pines outside Ocean City MD. I specialize in making your beach home ownership dreams come true! Text Bernie to # 85377 for current listing updates   Call Bernie Flax @ 410-629-9070