Safety When Meeting A New Client – An URGENT Warning

This alarming attack happened Wednesday, July 22nd in the Metro Atlanta area.    Video linked below article. Please share this story with everyone you can.

A 38-year-old man, who police say dressed up as a woman, is facing charges he assaulted a Gwinnett County real estate agent.

Jeffrey Wayne Shumate is currently in Gwinnett County Jail facing aggravated assault, false imprisonment and battery charges.

“We don’t know why he decided to dress in women’s clothing and we don’t know his motivation,” said Cpl. Michele Pihera with the Gwinnett County Police Department.

The real estate agent was showing the man a home along Sugarloaf Parkway, in Gwinnett County, on Wednesday morning.

“When she (the real estate agent) got there she felt uneasy about the situation. She didn’t want to go inside the home by herself,” Pihera said.

After the man exited the home, he attacked the agent who was waiting on the front porch, according to investigators. She was able to track down a passing car, and they called 911.

“She tried to fight off the offender and she tried to run away and ultimately that probably saved her life,” Pihera said.

REALTORs and other Real Estate professionals, please be careful out there. If you are UNSURE about who you are meeting, activate FACETIME on your iPhone and keep the connection open with someone in your office. If you don’t have an iPhone, use Hangouts or Skype if you use Android. If you have problems setting up something like this, please message me and I’ll be happy to tell you how to do this.

The absolute best thing I can recommend is to meet a new client in a public place BEFORE you agree to meet them out at property. Get a photo of their car, their car tag and finally a clear photo of their face. If they question you, simply tell them it is your company policy, and if they press further, refer them to your broker – who should be 100% on board with this kind of policy. If they refuse any of this, they are not a client you wish to deal with – regardless of the potential paycheck.

By Michael Allgood

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