Wire Fraud is Real

Just days before closing on a home, I got a message from my escrow officer—or at least someone pretending to be her. Our closing costs needed to be wired to the title company right away, she said, or our closing date would be pushed back.

Considering the six weeks I’d spent waiting to close on the property—not to mention the disdain I had for our current rental home—the message sent my heart racing.

The font was right. The signature was right. There was even a CC to my real estate agent. But something seemed off.

A closer look at the header revealed the problem. Each email address—one for my agent, one my mortgage broker and one for my escrow officer—was a single character off.

It was a fake. Click here for the rest of the story.

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I work professionally as a Realtor® in the Carson Valley area. I also serve the South and East Shores of Lake Tahoe. I love hiking and mountain biking in my spare time. I also love helping people in the real estate market. I am dependable, ethical and responsible. I have been in the real estate business since 1996.

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