FRAUD ALERT: Please confirm all wiring instructions with the closing attorney handling your transaction. There has been fraud consisting of perpetrators hacking into email accounts and then sending an email with fraudulent wiring instructions. NEITHER FLEX REALTY NOR ANY MEMBER OF THE FULL STRENGTH REALTY TEAM WILL SEND YOU WIRING INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOUR SETTLEMENT. PLEASE CONFIRM BY PHONE TO AN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED PHONE NUMBER (NOT THE ONE ON ANY INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN) BEFORE WIRING ANY MONEY! QUESTION ANY CHANGES TO WIRING OR PAYMENT/BANK INSTRUCTIONS – CALL YOUR CLOSING ATTORNEY TO VERIFY!!!
Wire Fraud is big business for the people involved. As an example, the average bank robber takes $4,330 in comparison the average US wire fraud victim’s loss is approx. $146,075! Please don’t fall victim, be alert and reach out and ask about ANY CHANGES to wiring or payment instructions! (FBI public service announcement on wire fraud: https://www.ic3.gov/Media/Y2019/PSA190910)
Take a look at this infographic published by the National Association of REALTORS® and visit this link for additional information, articles and resources on Wire Fraud: https://www.nar.realtor/wire-fraud#section-180332