Cybersecurity, Wire Fraud, & Scams

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How to Avoid Real Estate Phishing Scam Cyber Attacks

What would you do if you got an email message like this:   Subject: Re: Offer Attached is the copy of my clients offer, I wait to hear from you. Regards, James Jones James Jones Appraisal, Inc. Crestwood Advisors, Inc. Crestwould.com 100 Cargil Rd. #202 San Diego, CA 92123 555.555.8101 (office) 555.545.0009 (cell) 555.555.8102 (fax)Read More

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Why Every Real Estate Business Needs a Cyber Security Plan to Combat Fraud

Cyber security is a real and increasing issue for the real estate industry. Because you manage transactions that typically involve hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars, you are a key cyber fraud target. It’s easy to brush it off as something that you hear about but that wouldn’t happen to you. It’s easy toRead More

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CAR New Wire Fraud Advisory

Cyber crime targeting wire transfers is on the rise. Criminals have developed viruses that hack into email accounts of buyers, sellers, real estate agents and escrow companies. The malware records login information and then sits undetectable by commercial anti-virus software. When an email is sent or received that mentions a wire transfer, the virus alertsRead More

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Cyberattacks on Real Estate Professionals, What’s Next?

Brokers and escrow officers, like other professionals, use phones and e mail as their main mode of communication and by doing so they are exposed to data breaches. In the last year data breaches became more prevalent in real estate transactions. Brokers and escrow officers should be aware of the issues and try to avoidRead More

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Wire Transfer Fraud

Over the last six months, the lawyers here at Carlson Law Group, Inc. have seen an email scam perpetrated with a frightening regularity.  Approximately a dozen clients, insurance companies and insurance brokers have reported to us that funds are being misdirected via wire transfers to bank accounts overseas.  The scam is always perpetrated in theRead More

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