Beware of this new “lead” – it is malware!

Real Estate Agent with Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) DB-17066

I was pleased to get another lead from my website from Tour Real Estate, Inc.  Here it is: 

When I emailed Derek back, I received the following:

Hello Jim, Thank you for your reply the Google Doc below contains all the details and information on the property I want to put up for sale. (removed for safety reasons)

I guess I would wait for your reply so we can proceed.

How many of you would open that link to try to get a lead?  Fortunately, I sent it to my webmaster warning him it might not be safe.  Within minutes, he checked into it and replied “Jim, Good Call, it is a win32:malware generator” and is now in the process of sending out warnings to other people using their service!

Be careful about clicking links and make sure your virus protection programs are up to date!


PS:  If you want details on the company that does my website, I am now helping them grow nationwide, so I  would be glad to get your input.  Their website is


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Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I have never received mail from a consumer interested in buying or selling real estate that included a link.

I'm sure I never will.

Aug 20, 2014 10:30 PM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

What I learned

Thanks Jim Paulson Hope you'll stop by my weekly post to see your feature.

Aug 23, 2014 12:05 PM #9
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Jim, that's a great reminder that we can't be too careful about clicking links that we receive.

Aug 23, 2014 10:17 PM #10
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Huntington, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Thanks for the heads-up Jim... I seldom click on a link that I don't know it origin

Aug 24, 2014 12:36 AM #11
Annette Thor
Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT - Westport, CT
Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT

Spam has certainly become sneakier over the years.  Once I got an offer for a listing I had; full price offer-site unseen-from overseas.  You really have to be diligently looking for red flags from people you communicate with.

Aug 24, 2014 01:36 AM #12
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Maybe the solution is to have a "social media" / junk computer?  I think I will go out and buy a low end computer that I use specifically to open emails like this and to surf social media sites like Facebook so I don't care who spies on me or sends me weird links since there is nothing on that computer worth loosing.

Aug 24, 2014 02:15 AM #13
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Also, it isn't just links from unknown people that you have to be aware of.  Some viruses pull email accounts off your computer and send links "from you" to them.  That is why it is also important to have at least one of your alternate email accounts in your own database so that if you see an email from you that you know you didn't send, you have been hijacked!

Aug 24, 2014 02:18 AM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Jim -  I see loads of those and the context is suspicous to begin with.  I usually pass my mouse over the link and confirm that it is a malware link.

Aug 24, 2014 02:35 AM #15
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Great catch - I probably would have sent it back and said, "I don't click links" -- call me if you're real.


Aug 24, 2014 02:57 AM #16
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Jim:  Thanks for the heads-up on yet one more scam.  Really .. these people need to get a real productive mode of making money ...


Aug 24, 2014 03:26 AM #17
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

There are malicious people out there who get their kicks from disrupting others. Funny how the NSA can track all our emails but can do nothing about these scammers. I never click on a mysterious link sent in an email. 

Aug 24, 2014 04:22 AM #18
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

I get emails all the time asking if I would represent their client.  The email extension is always the same but the name of the person sending it changes. I also have received emails saying they left me a voicemail when they really did not.

Aug 24, 2014 04:34 AM #19
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

I actually did a quick delete on a similar email this morning.  Those are no click links to be sure.

Aug 24, 2014 07:40 AM #20
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Jim, good gut feeling on that one.  I would think it's unusual for sellers to send a link with information about their properties.

Aug 24, 2014 11:42 AM #21
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

I got something similar to this recently and simply deleted the email.  Thanks for sharing to make sure our Active Rainers do not fall for this.

Aug 24, 2014 01:18 PM #22
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

For the life of me, I can't figure out how these things are successful. There must be enough people falling for it and giving them info, ultimately.  Likely the info is being sent without the victim's knowledge.

Thank you for the heads up, as of yet, I don't think I've seen this one.

Aug 24, 2014 02:22 PM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I am usually overly suspicious when it comes to links, but once in awhile I have clicked too fast without really thinking.  I've been lucky so far.  

Aug 28, 2014 09:38 AM #26
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Thanks for sharing Jim. You can never be too careful these days, as the bad guys are always trying to get a hand up on how to trick us.

Sep 03, 2014 02:19 AM #27
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

I try to give a quick overview of how to handle email inquiries and "leads" when ever an agent joins my company.  I should probably put on a class since I see so many of my fellow agents here in Boise, Idaho getting their accounts hacked.

Jan 20, 2015 11:27 PM #28
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Jim, I received a fake lead today, which led me to read your post. There were no links included, only a smash-up of contact info. One legit email address, someone else's legit phone number along with a John Doe-type name. Wish people could find a better use of their time!

Aug 19, 2015 02:46 AM #29
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