Beware Phishing Scams!

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You may have heard recently that Yahoo had over 1 billion accounts compromised.  We have also seen an increase in emails that are likely “phishing” - mass emails that use grand promises or grave threats to convince people to send them cash or personal info.

When you get an unsolicited email of this nature, DO NOT panic, DO NOT click any links or attachments, and DO NOT do whatever it says until taking several steps to verify it is legitimate.  Here are some resources on how to identify a phishing email and what to do if (when) you get one:

http://www.wikihow.com/Spot-an-Email-Hoax-or-Phishing-Scam

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0003-phishing

We also recommend following these tips to secure and protect your online accounts and data:  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/15/protect-passwords-two-step-verification-encryption-digital-life-privacy

Brokers:  Please consider sharing this informative video (and slideshow) from NAR about common online fraud schemes at an upcoming office meeting:  https://www.nar.realtor/videos/window-to-the-law-cyberscams-and-the-real-estate-professional

Stay safe out there!