Phishing Scam Targeting REALTORS®

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019
MAR has been made aware of convincing phishing scams targeting REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations. These scammers 'spoof' their email addresses (disguise themselves) in order to appear to be coming from the leadership of a legitimate business such as a manager of a real estate brokerage or a REALTOR® association. Often, these emails are seeking the release of personal information that can be used to steal your identity. Both MAR's President and CEO have had their email addresses spoofed in recent weeks.
Please be vigilant in opening emails, especially those that may seem suspicious. Telltale signs of a suspicious email are multiple misspellings, grammar mistakes or a false sense of urgency such as "You must respond now." MAR will never request your personal information over email, and we do not store your credit card information.
One way to detect a suspicious email is to hover your cursor over the 'from' name until the email address appears. If the address does not match, do not open the email.
If you are suspicious of an email appearing to be from MAR, please call our office to verify if it is real or not before opening it, and report any suspicious emails appearing to be from MAR. Please do not forward us the emails. MAR recommends starting a new email chain and asking the person it appeared you received the email from if they sent it.
You can reach the MAR staff at 415-507-1000 or by emailing our Vice President of Operations, Francesca Hernandez-Veliz.

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