Avoiding the Scam

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage MD RE License 579412

Avoiding the Scam

Today I received a text message from someone who claimed to get my information on Realtor.com which is entirely possible, I think we are all registered on that site.  They wanted to purchase property in Baltimore and wanted to know if I covered all of Baltimore.  Then, they wanted to discuss with me but would only communicate with me on WhatsApp or Skype.  

I stated that my company policy is not to conduct business with an unverified customer on an external platform and that they could call me directly on the phone number they were texting.   

I am taking a page from online dating.  The minute a prospect you haven't spoken with personally wants to redirect you away from using regular means of communication to using a platform like WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber, or similar encrypted platform the likelihood of them being up to no good is very high.  

We need to be very aware of what is going on in the cybersecurity world in order to protect ourselves, our brokerage, and our livelihood.  It isn't just buyer beware, agents need to beware too.

Be careful out there. 

 

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June Piper-Brandon ~ Associate Broker ~ MRP, AHWD, CDPE, ePro

Coldwell Banker

410-292-0100 - Direct   410-461-7600 Office

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

June Piper Brandon - Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

Comments (10)

Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I get Texts all the time from complete strangers who want me to click a Link that they’ve included claiming it’s a property they are very interested in. No way 

Aug 10, 2022 12:28 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Michael J. Perry i get those too, this one was different because we carried on a text conversation, then he/she wanted to call me but only from either of those platforms.

Aug 10, 2022 05:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi June-that sounds like a good policy for your company to have. It's too easy to let our guard down and in doing so open ourselves and our platforms up to who knows what!!

Aug 10, 2022 06:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello June - examples of scammers/spammers being sleep-deficient proves to be truer (and truer) with each passing moment.   

Aug 12, 2022 01:52 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 13, 2022 06:47 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning June. If it does not pass the smell test, I take a pass. And as I get older the more I smell bad stuff. Enjoy your day.

Aug 14, 2022 05:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi June - I got one of those on Facebook messenger.  I did not respond but deleted it.

Aug 14, 2022 06:50 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, June, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Aug 14, 2022 11:10 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We often get too excited about the prospect of a client and let common sense drop. You did the right thing

Aug 14, 2022 05:35 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Glad you listened to your instincts, June. Scammers sure are getting creative and we must be diligent in avoiding getting sucked into their worlds!

Aug 16, 2022 05:39 AM