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FRAUD ALERT!!! Florida Real Estate Licensees - Agents and Brokers!!! 

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations- DBPR- is warning ALL Florida real estate licensees, that is agents and brokers that apparantly there is an IDENTITY THEFT SCAM that is targeting real estate licensees. 

A real estate broker received an email that appears to be from the DBPR that says that his license is in jeapardy and that he is the subject of disciplinary action by the department. 

Of course, any email like this is meant to scare the pants off of you and throw you off guard so that your defensive mechanism steps up to take action to protect your livelihood from possibly being pushed to a stop. This is intentional. Because in an action of fear and defense we tend to not think things through. We tend to ACT right away. 

The broker was told in the email to call an 800 number, provide his personal information to a " department investigator" . This email is NOT from DBPR, the investigator is a scammer trying to get your personal information so they can steal your identity. 

If you get an email like this DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EMAIL and DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER IN THE EMAIL!!!! 

Instead, call the DBPR at 850-487-1395 or go to the website to check on the status of your license and if there are any actions being taken on your licence. For more information about this scam click here to go to the DBPR site. 

Please re-blog this if you an agent in Florida. 

The theft of identity is a crime and must be reported to the authorities and to your local law enforcement. 

The Department is currently investigating this scam and will keep us all up do to date on their website. 


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Katerina and Nestor- Let's hope the Florida Realtors will see this!

Oct 03, 2012 01:58 AM #1
Kathryn Maguire (757) 560-0881 - Chesapeake, VA
Serving Chesapeake, Norfolk, VA Beach

One thing you can be certain of is that if it is in Florida, it is only a matter of time before it spreads to other parts of the country.  Thanks for the heads-up!

Oct 03, 2012 04:44 AM #2
Rick Schuster
Jaycee Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL

Hi Nestor and Katerina:  Thanks for the informative information.  I will keep my eye out for this type of activity.  There are so many scams around, aren't there?

Oct 03, 2012 06:00 AM #3
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Katerina/Nestor: This is very good information that every agent in Florida needs to see.  Scam artists are everywhere these days.

Oct 03, 2012 07:10 AM #4
Cynthia Larsen
Safe Haven Realty - Cotati, CA
Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA

By now, I think we should all know that if we are "directed to call a toll-free number and give personal information" we should know that nothing good can come of it. I'll look out for this in case it makes its way to the left coast.

Oct 03, 2012 07:16 AM #5
Debbie Harr
Homes that Click Realtors - Columbus, OH
Realtor Homes That Click, Worthington Ohio Homes

Hi Nestor and Katerina,

Thanks for this informative post, all the agents in Florida must see this. Best wishes for you as the best of wellington short sale agents.

Oct 03, 2012 09:02 AM #6
Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer - Valencia, CA

Hi Nestor and Katerina,

Thanks for sharing this informative post,I hope the Florida Realtors will see this. good luck to you as best of the wellington short sale agents.

Oct 03, 2012 11:03 AM #7
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Anytime I get an email that tries to make me think "Oh crap!" it gets deleted.

Oct 04, 2012 12:47 AM #8
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Yeah that's Right - Congrats on a job well done - Featured In Silent Majority!

Oct 04, 2012 02:57 AM #9
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Nicholas, thanks for featuring in Silent Majority! 

Oct 04, 2012 10:06 AM #10
Rob Arnold
Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. - Altamonte Springs, FL
Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F

I have similar emails supposedly from the Better Business Bureau.  Threatening that a complaint has been filed and then asking you to fill out a form with all your personal info.  It is amazing the scams that people come up with.

Oct 05, 2012 02:23 AM #11
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Thanks for the information on yet another scam making the rounds!

Oct 05, 2012 11:50 AM #12
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Rob- the more amazing thing is how many people actually fall for the scams. 

Oct 05, 2012 01:25 PM #13
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