BBB Warns Realtors of North Texas about a New Phishing Email Campaign
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of North Texas (US) is warning real estate offices and agents about a new phishing email scam which is currently targeting them, as reported by Naplesnews.com on 21st October, 2013.
Notably, the BBB is a well-known and respected non-profit organization in the U.S. providing free business reliability reviews on companies.
Monica Horton, President of the North Texas, BBB, said that some local real estate agents got this phishing email purporting to be from the BBB, claiming that a complaint has been registered in opposition to them and demanding additional details. However, fortunately, nobody has been victimized by the scam, per news published by everythinglubbock.com on 21st October, 2013.
Everythinglubbock.com published news on 21st October, 2013 quoting DeeAnn Martin, a Real Estate Agent of Advantage Realtor Group, a real-estate firm based in Texas, as saying that her company got an email impersonating the BBB stating that a grievance had been registered against her company and that additional details were required.
Martin says that she was almost tricked by the email however, there were some red flags for instance it (email) asked for information about her bank account.
She urges everyone to take sufficient time while opening received emails even if they appear to be sent by a trusted source.
Martin also says that if she had taken all the steps required to open the email, she would have very likely exposed her entire database of clients and scammers could have scammed them.
BBB.org published a statement on 21st October, 2013 quoting Carrie A.Hurt, President and CEO of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB), as saying "Better Business Bureau is frequently spoofed by scammers and other criminals because we are a reliable source and the recipients are more likely to open emails if they come with BBB name and Logo. We have a vigorous program to detect such phishing campaigns as soon as they start and have been successful in shutting down more than 175 fraudulent websites in the last 18 months."
The BBB says that you can forward such suspicious looking emails to firstname.lastname@example.org to verify its legitimacy.
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