Warning! ~ Sample SCAM Letter ~ALERT to Florida Realtors

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Real Estate Agent with TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766

 Hi Everyone.  Bringing an 'alert' to the Sandbox  todaya heads-up to all Realtors, but in particular at this time, Florida Realtors.  I recently received one of these SCAM notices. The Florida Realtors Association has the following information and the Florida Realtors Legal Dept. suggests spreading the word.
This particular scam was too realistic and could possibly catch some Realtors off guard.   According to the March 6, 2017 edition of the Orlando Sentinel, Bill Martin, Chief Executive of Florida Realtors Association said, "And it's not a simple scam.  High-Tech criminals put a great deal of work and planning into this."  State Investigators have been notified.                                  Jane                                             
  



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Scam alert: Fake Realtor board targets Fla. members

ORLANDO, Fla. - March 6, 2017 - The "Florida Board of Realtors" does not exist, but Florida Realtors members have been receiving a "Final Notice" bill from them in the mail, saying their real estate licenses are in jeopardy. Complaints have come into Florida Realtors from all parts of the state.

"It's a scam," says Margy Grant, general counsel for Florida Realtors. "And it's not a simple scam. High-tech criminals put a great deal of work and planning into this."

The form comes with a threat: "Failure to respond with your 2017 Agent Board Listing may lead to closure of board listing. Response required to be included in the Agency listing."

The scam came to light over the past two days when agents, brokers and association executives started calling Florida Realtors. Many submitted copies of a letter that appears legitimate. The "Make check payable to:" address appears to be a post office in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

The letter also includes a website, www.floridaboardofrealtors.org. The website not only appears legitimate, it's very professional. However, most of the links don't work. Blogs in their "archive" appear to stretch back a few years, for example, but no content comes up when you click. The same is true for many other links.

"For now, members should ignore these demand letters, and we ask brokers and agents to spread this message to everyone working in the Florida real estate industry," says Grant. "Florida Realtors is still investigating and in contact with Florida authorities. It's now also in front of the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Economic Crimes section in Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.

"Be vigilant. Be safe. And tell everyone you know," says Grant. "Criminals created a truly impressive fake website, sent a complex fake letter and successfully alarmed Realtors across the state."

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Sample letter received by Realtors in Florida: ~

 © 2017 Florida Realtors

Source:  Florida Realtors Association
                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

                    ~  Thank  you  to  all my Friends  and Acquaintances at ActiveRain ~

 

JANE CHAULKLIN-SCHOTT,   Orlando REALTOR

 TeamConnect Realty - CENTRAL ORLANDO, FLORIDA

  Call/Text:   (407) 394-9766

                    Email:     Jane@LuxuryCentralFloridaHomes.com   

                          Website: https://TeamConnectHome.com                                                                      

 

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Jane Chaulklin-Schott, Realtor    (407) 394-9766
                   TEAMCONNECT  REALTY  -  CENTRAL  ORLANDO,  FLORIDA

  * Windermere,   Dr. Phillips,   Orlando,   Winter Garden,   Reunion Resort*   Golden Oak ,  Ocoee, Clermont~
www.TeamConnectHome.com 
Email:  Jane@LuxuryCentralFloridaHomes.com 


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Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - thanks for sharing. It will probably just be a short time before we see a similar scam in all 50 states.

Apr 24, 2017 04:50 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, I can not see how these perpetrators  envision not getting caught. I am trying to figure out how they can pick up the money on their end. Or is it an act of retaliation and revenge or one to simply create havoc? I would not to want to be in their place.  How are you, my friend? And how are the daffodils?

Apr 24, 2017 06:37 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi, Mr. William Feela  So you have not had this scam in Minnesota yet? I am still baffled by it all. Seems like a lousy scheme to me. Cannot quite figure out how it is workable all the way through.  Wishing you a wonderful week!

Apr 24, 2017 06:42 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hi, Lynnea Miller!  I am looking forward to the Florida state investigators arresting these criminals. Would love to know who they are and see their photos.  According to the articles I read, this was not a simple little scam, but high-tech criminal activity. Hope your week is going super nice.

Apr 24, 2017 06:49 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's a very sophisticated scam alright.  The dirty rotten scoundrels!

Apr 24, 2017 07:19 PM #9
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, thank you for your thoughtful words and support......and all the way from Hawaii. Hey, I like that.  Hearing from you this evening, reminds me of the 2 years I lived on Waikiki while attending the University of Hawaii  Manoa.  You know, I loved Waikiki and Oahu so much that I never wanted to leave it. Unfortunately, I never got to see your Maui and I heard that it is a beautiful island.  Mahalo and Aloha, Georgie.

Apr 24, 2017 07:34 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Jane Chaulklin-Schott Maui is beautiful and I hope you'll get to see for yourself one of these days.

Apr 24, 2017 08:17 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I have an acquaintance who has a Bed & Breakfast on Maui and a daughter and her family who live near Kona on the Big Island. You know, I have heard so many people tell me how they hate Waikiki....do not like Oahu....too busy and commercial.  I just never had that problem.  Just loved it!!!!!!!  Hahaha ~

 The morning I left Honolulu Airport to move back home, it was lightly raining ... around 7 in the morning.  From the airport I could see Diamond Head...the sky was overcast and I asked God - very quietly and solemnly - 'please don't let the sun shine.' Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 , I think you are so lucky - you live in Paradise.  

Apr 24, 2017 08:34 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jane imagine if they used the same skills for the Good ??? they would still be very successful...Endre

Apr 24, 2017 11:04 PM #13
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Jane.  Like I've said before, they just never give up do they

Apr 25, 2017 03:57 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Jane Chaulklin-Schott When I see these scams and with the knowledge that the mailing terminate at a Florida P.O. Box; I wonder why the perpetrators are not apprehended and making license plates in a distant unpleasant spot?

Apr 25, 2017 05:14 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing information on this scam.

Apr 25, 2017 06:53 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So many crazy scams out there, it is very sad that we always have to be skeptical these days.

Apr 25, 2017 07:39 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Thursday morning, Jane. I hope you are enjoying an outstanding week.

Apr 27, 2017 05:57 AM #18
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Jane

It seems that there are more and more scams every day, in our business, and in real lilfe. It's always a good idea to spread the word so others will know, and report to the appropriate agencies.

Jeff

May 24, 2017 12:53 PM #19
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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Hi Jane Chaulklin-Schott I read this in Florida Realtors' Digest, but thanks for the reminder.  You can never hear it too many times!

May 24, 2017 03:59 PM #20
Rainmaker
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Dave Werth
WERTH REALTY - Fargo, ND
FULL TIME REALTOR

Thanks for sharing this post

May 24, 2017 07:11 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Scammers are everywhere! Wish they would get real jobs and leave us alone!

May 24, 2017 08:41 PM #22
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Wow, so much trouble for creating a scam! Those brains should know better.... but the letter does look real. 

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