Omaha-area real estate agents were on alert Friday for a suspicious character trying to lure female agents to apparently bogus home showings.

Andy Alloway, president of the Omaha Area Board of Realtors, said a networkwide text message alert is a relatively new tool used by the organization that reaches about 2,500 agents.

He said reports of a shady person seeking attention of an agent for unprofessional reasons happen two or three times a year. Police are notified, and individual companies typically send out an email alert.

In this case, Alloway said, more than one agent reported that a man was asking to meet at a vacant residence. The man used different names but similar tactics. The “red flags” led the women to be wary, and the Realtors board sent out the text.

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