Items Tagged with 'phishing'


  • Hackers impersonating mortgage and title staffers in wealthy Texas suburb to steal down payments

    Police in Southlake issue warning about imposters
    Police in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and the fourth wealthiest city in the U.S., issued a warning this week about scammers who are hacking into the email accounts of real estate professionals and then pose as title company employees in order to steal a homebuyer’s down payment. And in Southlake, the down payments can be quite high.
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  • American Pacific Mortgage sues insurer after hacker stole funds from lender

    Claims Aspen Specialty Insurance is in breach of contract
    American Pacific Mortgage filed a lawsuit in federal court this week against Aspen Specialty Insurance Company, claiming that the insurance company is refusing to cover a claim filed after a hacker impersonated the mortgage company’s former CEO and stole more than $75,000 from the company.
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  • U.S. Residential Group employees’ personal information may have been stolen in phishing attack

    Property manager warns employees they may be at risk of identity theft
    The sensitive personal information of employees and former employees of U.S. Residential Group may have been stolen after a company email account was taken over in a phishing attack. According to the company, the unauthorized individual may have been able to access certain employee information including: names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and more.
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  • FTC, Realtors warn homebuyers about mortgage closing cost phishing scam

    Hackers continuing to pose as agents or title companies
    A little over a year ago, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors issued a warning to people interested in buying a home. Scammers were posing as real estate agents, Realtors and title insurance companies to steal consumers’ closing costs. Well, that was last March, but it appears that scammers are still finding new victims to take advantage of.
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  • ALTA urges CFPB to warn consumers about real estate funds phishing scams

    Schemes involve hackers posing as agents, title companies to steal mortgage funds
    Last year, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of Realtors warned consumers they could be the next victims of growing trend of mortgage closing cost phishing schemes. But, according to the American Land Title Association, that warning was not enough to fully prevent future schemes from being successful and consumers are still falling victim to the phishing scams.
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  • Is Zillow's lead generator filled with scammers and spammers?

    Users complain real estate ad service poorly filters potential fraud
    Zillow thrives on advertising dollars from real estate agents who are looking to get more leads from homebuyers and sellers. A new discovery, however, suggests that the online real estate listing service may be vulnerable to scammers and spammers. Here's what HousingWire found.
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