Beware of malicious attachments in emails and programs!

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Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info DB-17066
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The real estate industry is getting blasted with viruses and malware so please take the time to be vigilant and make sure you have up to date quality anti-virus software!

I know a lot of people that were hacked via clicking on links that claimed to be important real estate closing documents, but weren't.  Fortunately, I have never been caught by that.  I know a few local real estate offices who's networks were almost taken down buy that.

There is another scam out there where people are intercepting email addresses and sending fake wire instruction changes for down payments which end up in some account not related to the transaction!   This is the modern version of sending letters to people saying their mortgage company has sold their mortgage to a new company so please forward future payments to __________.  In that scam, they would wash the checks and rewrite them for other purchases.  

Here is a new one that I will telling the Better Business Bureau about so they can let their members know to be careful.  I have a Google Alert set up for Boise Real Estate and saw this today:  

Fake map of Boise complete with malware

Looks pretty inviting doesn't it?  A nice full featured map that allows you to search our MLS and advanced mapping technology.  What could possibly be wrong with that?  So I followed Google to . . . 

 

Fake map of Boise beware

 

Here are the red flags that should be tipping people off:

  • Look at the website extension.  It is ".ru" meaning it is a Russian website.  Not necessarily a bad thing, but why would they be providing maps of Boise?
  • Supposedly, this is a PDF file as an Ebook.  How can an ebook in a pdf format search anything?  I don't think it can - therefore you probably aren't downloading a pdf!  It is probably a virus, trojan or malware!

Sadly, as of this morning, 2,048 people had already downloaded this!  I am pretty sure this "map" has been been offered to many different cities around the United States.  

Be vigilant and make sure you have great virus protection software!

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Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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I am very vigilant about not clicking on anything not expected or looking odd, like the .ru extension you are talking about. But I know lots of people don't look that closely.

Feb 21, 2017 10:45 AM #1
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Paul Antonelli
NextHome Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
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Thanks for sharing. It's definitely getting worse out there. Title Company and realtors I know have been affected. 

Feb 21, 2017 10:53 AM #2
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Grant Schneider
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Hi  Jim - yes that is very said.  I will bet you that the number of downloads is fake. 

Feb 21, 2017 10:55 AM #3
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
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Our Better Business Bureau has a Scam Tracker on their website.

https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker

Check it out, you will be amazed at what is happening in your area.  in the past two years, it shows 570 scams in Boise, Idaho;  399 in Nampa/Caldwell, etc.

To my associates here on ActiveRain, you might even post the map for your area on your localism pages.  Be vigilant clicking!

Feb 21, 2017 11:17 AM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Wow!  Very important to make sure we know the source of the products and apps were are downloading.

Feb 21, 2017 11:35 AM #5
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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Good catch Jim! You really need to be vigilant when you get emals even from people you know. I've seen people's address books get hacked & send out malicious emails perporting to come from someone you know. 

Feb 21, 2017 11:41 AM #6
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Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS
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Jim we have to be ever vigilant looking for these low lifes scammers. If I get something that looks weird and I know the person I'll give them a call and say - hey I think you got hacked.

Feb 21, 2017 01:00 PM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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As time has gone by, the perpetrators of these things have become more sophisticated.  It is important to be very cautious!

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