Ramblings of a Baltimore area Realtor: Be a Cyber Crime Fighter

Be a Cyber Crime Fighter

Be a Cyber Crime Fighter

Wire fraud and cyber crime is on the rise.  Unfortunately, many people dedicate so much time and energy to doing bad things rather than good. 

As a reputable Realtor, it's my place to have a discussion with my clients early on about the possibility Cyber Crime and Wire Fraud in our industry. 

The real estate industry continues to be a target for internet hackers and scammers. I take my role in looking out for my clients very seriously, so as we approach the closing date on the sale of a house, please keep the following in mind: 

Hackers send emails to home buyers and sellers and attempt to impersonate the agents and title closers involved in the closing.  Read emails very closely, check and double check the sender. 

Hackers will send fraudulent wire instructions to get you to wire funds to an account controlled by the hacker.  They will hack emails and get email addresses.  They'll change one letter in the email address and you could easily miss it.

NEVER trust an email with wire instructions or asking you to provide sensitive financial information; 

ALWAYS call your closer to confirm wiring instructions, using a phone number you looked up from an independent source or that your Realtor has provided to you. NEVER use a phone number from an email; the criminal will often provide their phone number in a spoofed email.  

Call your Realtor if you ever receive an email like what I have described here, or any communication you find suspicious. Together you can verify the information and keep you protected. 

  

 

NEVER click on an attachment you are not expecting ….. pick up the phone and call the sender 

  

Let’s do our best to prevent wire fraud & cyber crime 


If you are thinking of buying or selling an home in  Maryland give us a call at 410-292-0100 or start your search here and we'll talk about the market conditions and what your home could possibly be worth in today's market place if you are thinking of selling. If you are considering buying a home, there is no better time than now to buy. The tax savings and wealth building alone is worth the plunge into todays market.  Remax New Beginnings and I are connected with some of the brightest and best real estate agents in the world and can assist with your move here in Maryland or anywhere in the United States or abroad.  Ask me how.

June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ CDPE, CIAS, ePro, MRP

Long & Foster Hampden

410-292-0100 - Direct   410-889-9800 Office

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June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comment balloon 1 commentJune Piper-Brandon • July 01 2019 01:50AM

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Sage advice, June! I actually have a Disclosure in my email signature and instructions in RED never to take wiring instructions via email. ALWAYS call AFTER confirming the number of the attorney. Better yet, just wire the funds from the attorney's office! 

 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 3 months ago

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