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.