We all like to think of ourselves as internet savvy, immune to the phishing and scams that may come our way. But the truth is, we’re all susceptible to being caught off guard by a scam that appears to be legit—and email phishing scams can be particularly effective at luring us in.
According to a recent Google study, those emails that slink their way into our inbox asking for personal information are effective almost 45 percent of the time. With those odds, if both you and your spouse receive a phishing email, it’s likely that one of you could buy into the scam. Here’s what you should know to keep you and your personal information safe.
While you’re probably relying on the convenience of email to communicate with your Realtor and other real estate industry professionals, don’t let its convenience cloud your judgement. In the heat of a transaction, an email appearing to come from an agent or title company could be very convincing. One tactic hackers can use is sending you an email from your real estate agent’s address. But before you act, carefully consider the content of the email.
- Is the email asking you to fork over sensitive information?
- Are you being asked to wire funds?
- Is the sender suddenly incredibly interested in your mother’s maiden name?
The safest response to these types of emails is nothing.
Don’t click on links
And certainly never send money.
Instead, pick up the phone and call your agent. A Realtor or title company will never use email to request secure information or a wire transfer. HOME Real Estate and its professional partners, like Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending and HomeServices Insurance of Nebraska continue to be dedicated to your safety and security. Trust your gut, use email with care, and rely on your Realtor’s commitment to keeping your personal information safe.