Wire Fraud Scams – Don’t be a victim!

Computer SecurityEscrow companies, realtors and Title Companies around the states have seen an alarming increase in “cybercrime”, or better know as wire fraud that has affected buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords alike.  Don’t fall victim and lose the chance to close on your property – see below for some easy steps to avoid being “taken”…

– Confirm escrow wiring steps by talking directly to your escrow officer.  Sometimes fraudulent emails look perfect so make sure you call your agent on the normal number you contact them through.

– Confirm the correct ABA routing number or SWIFT code and credit account number verbally with your usual agent.

– Be wary of emails with account number or agent contact information changes.  It is very unusual for transaction information to change during a transaction and if you receive anything questionable make sure you notify all       parties including your Realtor, bank and escrow officer.

– Use Best password practices to secure your accounts such as not using words that can be found in the dictionary, different passcodes for different platforms, minimum of 8 characters, etc. You can find BEST password practice information online through the US Department of Commerce’s Special Publication

Here are a few additional website where you can get additional information online:

FBI
Internet Crime Complaint Center
National White Collar Crime Center
On Guard Online

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