Docusign Scam

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 iProperties Hawaii RS-54129

This morning I received an e-mail titled "wire transfer instructions" and it appeared to be sent by Docusign.  I wasn't expecting wire transfer instructions and suspected this is a "phishy" e-mail.

Checking the spam folder, there were two more identical e-mails from the supposed author, Cameron Smith.  No further checking needed.  I copied the e-mail for the graphic below and deleted the message to make sure I don't accidentally click the link.

docusign scam e-mail 2017

UPDATE: Several days after posting this blog, there was a major ransomware attack on computers throughout the world.  The ransomware is called "WannaCry".  

Ransomware locks up a computer and displays a message offering to unlock the computer's files for a price.  The ransom was $300 payable in bitcoins. The message also stated the price would increase if the offer wasn't accepted within a given time period.  Most affected persons/organizations didn't pay the ransom.  Those who did pay the ransom have not seen their computers restored back to normal as of this writing.

There are some indications the ransomware was created by programmers in North Korea.  The actual attackers might have copied the code from North Korean programmers - that is, experts aren't sure that the ransomware was sent by North Koreans.

Be careful about clicking!

Aloha, Mike

Michael Bates (Realtor Associate)
iProperties Hawaii
1585 Kapiolani Blvd #1533
Honolulu, HI 96814

Hawaii Realtor

Comments (18)

Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
Real Estate Agent- Carlisle, PA.

I received this email today too - it went directly into my spam folder and I quickly deleted it...

May 09, 2017 05:06 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hawaii homes Thanks for the warning about docusign scam.

May 09, 2017 05:59 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I had an agent tell ne that he thought tha his clients may have been duped with this.  I still prefer hard sigs as I know ther is not issues with them

May 09, 2017 06:02 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

Thanks for the heads up. I've gotten pretty good at picking up on scams like this and so many others. 

May 09, 2017 07:29 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It pays to be vigilant at all times, and this one sounds like something that could cost you and your clients greatly.

Thanks for the warning, I will pass it on.


May 09, 2017 10:45 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Mike I got two of them today and it did not look like the DocuSign Logo so it got immediatly deleted, by the way I am here because of Bob Crane  reblog, Endre

May 09, 2017 11:09 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Hawaii homes ,

I'm so glad that Bob Crane re-blogged this post as I missed it. I just received this and immediately deleted!! Doesn't even look real but it could be a costly mistake if you clicked on it.

May 10, 2017 04:18 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mike. You can never be too careful. If you're not expecting money it can't be ral period.

May 10, 2017 06:43 AM