Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Update

Cyber Crime is on the Rise….It is always good to update yourself on prevention. Please see this NAR update on CyberCrime and Cyber Security to protect yourself and you businesses.  VPAR Members have recently reported receiving phishing emails soliciting gift cards….whenever asked for money online or by email….first contact by phone the requester just to verify to be safe.

The following is an example of a notice you may wish to 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. For more information about best practices to avoid victimization by cyber criminals, see

https://www.nar.realtor/…/protecting-your-business-and-your…

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.