Real estate transactions are becoming huge targets for cybercriminals using phishing schemes and wire fraud. A little caution when checking your emails can go a long way in protecting you and your customers.
Is the email about wiring or disbursement instructions?
Always confirm instructions with a call to your local AmeriTitle Escrow Officer. Never validate instructions or changes using the phone number or email address in the message.
Does the message contain bad grammar and/or spelling errors?
Does the email include an attachment or link?
Here are some warning signs that you shouldn’t open the attachment or click the link:
- You didn’t expect to receive an attachment or link from the sender
- The message claims you’ll gain something from or will avoid negative consequences if you open it
- The overall message seems odd and the attachment/link doesn’t fit the message’s context
Did the email come from a common email domain instead of a business?
When in doubt, call! Confirm using a known phone number and not the one included in the message.
Connect with your local AmeriTitle Representative for more tips on outsmarting cyberfraud!