Alan's Take on the Market
There is a real estate scam going around that anybody could easily fall for.
It happened to an agent that works out of our office, fortunately she figured it out just in time. She had a closing coming up and received wiring instructions from the attorney. A short time later another email arrived from what appeared to be the attorney saying her account was being audited and could not receive any wires until the audit was completed and had a set of alternate wiring instructions. Fortunately she noticed the new bank was in Ohio. She called the attorney and discovered the scam. A quick call to the bank stopped the wire.
It turns out the attorneys assistant had her email hacked. The fake email was traced to a hotel in Bermuda.
If you are having a real estate closing and receive wiring instructions from the attorney please call the attorneys office and verify the routing number before you send the money! If you receive a set of wiring instructions and then get a notice that they have changed; DO NOT SEND THE MONEY. If you send your money to a fake account set up by a crook your money is gone!
If you are selling a house and you are having the attorney wire your money into your account go to your bank, have them print out the instructions and hand deliver, fax or mail them to the attorney. Don't risk having your email hacked and your money stolen.
I suspect this scam will work on any other transaction that has you wiring money. ALWAYS VERIFY ROUTING NUMBERS on the phone with the party receiving the wire. You need to make the call. Don’t take a call saying I am so and so send the money to this account. Anybody could call you and say that. You make the call and know who you are talking to.
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