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Wire Scam Alert

Here is an important alert from my friends at Real Estate Closing Solutions.

In this day and age of emerging technology, you need to constantly be on your toes and question the source of all your electronic communications. Especially any communications dealing with funds and payments!

The U.S. Secret Service recently posted an alert about e-mail generated wire frauds. Thieves have targeted buyers, sellers and title companies to divert wired funds at closing. In a recent case, a hacker posed as the Seller in e-mail communications and instructed the title company to wire “their” proceeds to a different person and bank. In a developing reverse scam, sophisticated hackers are posing as the title company’s closing officer in emails and directing the customer to utilize their “new” and updated banking and wire instructions…of course to the hacker’s account!

Here is how to protect yourself:

  • NEVER rely on an e-mail making changes in a wire’s location, bank or payee.
  • ALWAYS pick up the phone and talk to the person who has supposedly requested the wire or payment change to confirm.
  • ALWAYS question any wire request going to a non-U.S. financial intuition.  Most of these frauds are coming out of and payments going to Asia or Eastern Europe.
  • CONSTANTLY work with an IT professional to keep your systems and e-mails systems firewalls and security up-to-date.
  • REPORT suspicious activity to our local U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force at (407) 648-6333.

Post courtesy of Real Estate Closing Solutions.

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Mark LeMenager | La Rosa Realty LLC | 407-744-4759 | Mark_LeMenager@yahoo.com
3373 Schoolhouse Rd. Harmony, FL 34773

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