Phishing and Faking

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty 503939,0002915,0225220243

Recently I was unknowingly involved in an email scam.  I had been communicating with a buyer via email about a land purchase.  Then, one day I received a call from the buyer's partner wanting to know why I had not been responding to the buyer's emails.  I told the partner that I had been having ongoing email conversations with the buyer so I didn't know what he was talking about.  I called the buyer and, after some discussion, we learned that there was a middle man intercepting our emails.  A con artist had changed the buyer's email address by adding the number one (1) within the email address.  This was such a sublte change to the email address that I didn't even notice it.  The con artist modified my email address and inserted a period (.) in the middle of my name to pretend that he was me.  During this process, the con artist was communicating with the buyer asking for funds to be deposited into an account.  Luckily, we found out what was going on before and real damage was done.  

Just prior to this, the buyer had visited another country and someone there hacked into his email account. In that case, one of his associates was conned into depositing several thousand dollars into a bogus account and the money was lost.  So, be alert since this can happen to any of us... and in very subtle ways.

I reported this incident to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (  Let's hope these guys will be caught and prosecuted!





Posted by

Mickey Hayward, CRB, CRS, MD & DE Farms Homes and Land Sales
Sunset Properties, 110 Market Street,
Denton, Maryland 21629                                                                                                                                        Office Phone: (410) 479-9729 x 21, Cell Phone: (410) 924-2277                                                                 

Comments (4)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Good for you for reporting it...way too much of this stuff out there!

Jun 08, 2016 12:40 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Kristin - These guys are really slick.  I hope they all get locked up.

Jun 08, 2016 05:56 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Wow! This type of scam can go unoticed (obviously) and cause great harm to all involved! Great catch Mickey.

Jun 10, 2016 08:36 AM
Mickey Hayward
Sunset Properties, Hayward Realty - Onley, VA
Farm - Land - Home Sales & Commercial Real Estate

Thanks Wanda.  I feel very lucky that we caught it when we did, before any financial harm was done.

Jun 11, 2016 12:09 AM