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Wire Fraud Safety
Local FBI Office – Los Angeles
The Internet Crime Complaint Center, also known as IC3, is a multi-agency task force made up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
The following is an example of a notice you might consider adding to your email signature line. This notice should not serve as a substitute for educating your clients and other participants in your real estate transactions about email wire fraud.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Never trust wiring instructions sent via email. Cyber criminals are hacking email accounts and sending emails with fake wiring instructions. These emails are convincing and sophisticated. Always independently confirm wiring instructions in person or via a telephone call to a trusted and verified phone number. Never wire money without double-checking that the wiring instructions are correct.
Scam Alert: Email Phishing Attempt Reported
WARNING: If you receive an email with the subject line"⚠️Signature requested by National Association of REALTORS®," it is NOT from NAR.
The email spoofs a Citrix ShareFile site and asks you to sign an "important file" from NAR. If you or your members receive this fraudulent email, please alert NAR Member Support at ContactNAR@realtors.org and then delete the email.
The National Association of REALTORS® urges its members and state and local REALTOR® associations to be on high alert for email and online fraud.
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