• Login:
Welcome, Register Here
follow PropertyTalk on facebook follow PropertyTalk on twitter Newsletter follow PropertyTalk on LinkedIn follow PropertyTalk on facebook
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Posts
    261

    Default Scammers target home buyer deposits through lawyers, real estate agents

    Beware
    Scammers target home buyer deposits through lawyers, real estate agents


    Home buyers are being targeted by a new scam which tricks them into paying their deposit money to fraudsters instead of a legitimate trust account.
    Banking Ombudsman Nicola Sladden says real estate agents and lawyers are being targeted in a sophisticated "invoice scam" in which people hack into the email of those companies and then send out legitimate-looking invoices.

    Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-...ectid=12095492
    Last edited by donna; 26-07-2018 at 05:45 PM. Reason: only paste a sentence or two and then the link to the source for all news items

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    7,610

    Default

    Umm I've heard of this before - not sure it's a 'new' scam and a quick search online confirms it - the issuing of fake invoices was first mentioned by Netsafe in 2016.

    However a reminder to be vigilant is always welcomed. It's easy to believe an email is the real deal if it's got a bank logo etc. I'm less likely to open any invoice attachment - I prefer to click the online version of it and check it's legit and from the sender etc.

    With emails I make sure I read the email message header and to view the sender email address and look for the 'domain name' in the email address. It too may look legit but there will be some anomaly that shouts scam or spammer with the domain name not an exact match.

    Also hover your mouse over images and links within the email for emails that want you to view invoices etc and you'll see the URL - if it's not to the source site of the sender (that you know and are expecting the email) - don't click it.

    Finally never open attachments without first getting confirmation from the sender (who you know and if you don't - ditch the email).

    Where people get caught out is they're in too much of a rush - with so many scams etc take your time with your email so you don't put yourself in harms way accidentally - especially true for viruses etc.

    cheers,

    Donna
    PropertyTalk Blog - property articles

    BusinessBlogs - the best business articles are found here



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Hastings
    Posts
    14,770

    Default

    Another - possibly minor - point is deleting (dodgy) attachments.

    My email program has the option (that I use) to truly delete, as opposed to move to the trash / recycle bin / whatever.
    Want a great looking concrete swimming pool in Hawke's Bay? Designer Pools will do the job for you!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    7,610

    Default

    Yes good point and I'm using AVG AntiVirus - with the email scan always on so it grabs the dodgy stuff before I see it in most cases.

    cheers,

    Donna
    PropertyTalk Blog - property articles

    BusinessBlogs - the best business articles are found here




 

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Real estate agents: do you get what you pay for?
    By nicsa122 in forum Property Investment (NZ)
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 01-04-2015, 10:24 PM
  2. urgent question:can a buyer change real estate agents
    By maison2010 in forum Finance, legal and tax (Oz)
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 03-12-2014, 12:56 AM
  3. Battlers the target in real estate racket
    By Marc in forum Property Investment (Oz)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-12-2012, 07:32 AM
  4. Lawyers Selling Real Estate?!
    By Green Fish in forum Finance, legal and tax (NZ)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-04-2008, 12:38 PM
  5. Real estate agents tell Aucklanders: 'Get real, people'
    By muppet in forum Property Investment (NZ)
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 08-12-2007, 03:08 PM
  6. Buyer beware; real estate agents watch out
    By essence in forum Property Investment (NZ)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 14-05-2007, 11:22 AM
  7. Some Tips To Help You Understand Real Estate Buyer Agreements
    By Walter in forum Property Investment (USA)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-09-2006, 12:38 PM
  8. Lawyers who specialise in Real Estate & Property
    By donna in forum Finance, legal and tax (NZ)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-10-2004, 07:01 PM
  9. Banks pay real estate agents for home loan referrals
    By Marc in forum Finance, legal and tax (NZ)
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 28-05-2004, 11:17 AM
  10. Higher yield = Higher Risk?
    By Monid in forum Property Investment (NZ)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-05-2004, 03:43 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •