Unfortunately, phishing scams have become common place. Most email users are rightfully leery of an email pertaining to wiring information. However, in the rush of a closing, it is possible to fall prey to one recent scam.
The Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors have both issued warnings regarding the recent email and wire transfer scam concerning closing costs. In the course of a normal transaction, a buyer will often wire his or her funds to us prior to closing and we will disburse the funds according to the needs of the transaction.
In this particular scam, hackers pose as real estate agents, title company representatives, or another professional and send an email to the buyer stating that there has been a “last minute change” to the wiring information and the funds are to be sent to a different account. Because “last minute changes” can be common place in a closing, some buyers will not question this change and send the funds (sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars) straight into the account of the hacker.
Anytime you receiving wiring instructions from us or any other company, please feel free to call and confirm those instructions. You can also call to confirm that we have received the wire after it has been sent. We want to be sure that your closing runs smoothly and the funds are transferred to the appropriate parties and out of the hands of scammers.
If have a question or concern please contact us about any communication you have received asking for payment. Or any other legal matter feel free to email us or call.
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