Here are some great buying tips from Realtor.com to consider as you plan to buy a home. Buried under item number 3 is a warning that starts with “Also be cautious of incoming emails…” which I think should be in BOLD. Described is the rapidly growing problem of phishing. Be wary of emails that unexpectedly request information – or worse – try to redirect and steal your closing funds…
I am so concerned with this that I recently put this warning into my email signature:
BEWARE OF SCAMS – Scams that attempt to misdirect and steal your closing funds are growing problem. For your own safety – contact your closing attorney by telephone – at a number you know is valid – to request and confirm wiring instructions. If you later receive an email with a change to the wire instructions – you must call your attorney again at a verified phone number to confirm the change is correct and not fraud. No Corporate Investors Mortgage Group employee will ever provide, confirm, or change wire instructions.