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REALTOR ALERT - International Scammers Have You In Their Sights

I previously posted about this last September. It appears that the problem persists, and is worsening:

Last week, WalletPop reported:


The Internet Crime Complaint Center's latest scam alert includes a counterfeit check scheme targeting real estate professionals.

Alerts by theIC3, a partnership between theFBIand theNational White Collar Crime Center(NW3C), reflect recent cyber-crime trends and new takes on existing scams. Here's a summary of the new threat:


Counterfeit Check Scam Targets Realtors and Real Estate Attorneys

The IC3 says it's received complaints about counterfeit check scams for years, which typically involve criminals convincing unsuspecting victims to cash checks or money orders and then wire them a portion of the funds overseas. Only after wiring the funds do the victims learn the check was fake -- leaving them holding the bag for the full amount.

The latest variation on this scam targets realtors and real estate attorneys, who are being contacted by overseas fr…