NNRMLS has enabled a “Captcha” requirement on the “Request More Info” lead-capture form on our public-facing website NNRMLS.com. This update is in response to recent fake lead submissions that appear to be bot-generated. This measure will help protect our members from receiving bogus leads on their listings displayed on NNRMLS.com. NNRMLS has received multiple reports during the past week that our members were sent unusual email leads from NNRMLS.com . In the member’s course of correspondence with this bogus lead, the inquiring party responds to the member email by sending an email attachment that contains a link to download malware. Continue reading
At NNRMLS, we understand that Data Security and Service Continuity are critical to your success. As new threats develop, our efforts to safeguard our services and data continue to evolve. A consistent component of our strategy is to keep you informed about service outages and offer suggestions on how you can protect your computer. Continue reading
NNRMLS was recently notified by NAR that the Federal Trade Commission has issued an alert on their blog about real estate-related phishing scams. Hackers have been breaking into some consumers’ and real estate professionals’ email accounts to get information about upcoming real estate transactions. The scammer learns the closing date on a transaction and then sends an email (disguised as the agent) to the buyer, asking for a last-minute change instructing the buyer to wire closing costs to a different bank account (which belongs to the scammer). Read the full FTC post here, which has ideas to help you avoid phishing scams.
Typically at this time of year our Members are dealing with a higher transaction volume during year-end closings. Sophisticated e-mail scams are targeting the real estate industry and NAR Legal Affairs has developed a checklist to help real estate professionals avoid falling into any kind of fraudulent trap. Continue reading
We have received a new report of fraudulent activity on craigslist involving house rentals. Continue reading
We have so many passwords to keep up with for so many computers and accounts, that there is often the tendency to use the same one to make logging in easier on ourselves. Passwords are easier to remember when they are duplicated, but care should be taken because of security issues. Continue reading
At the recent REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, experts shared their knowledge about safely using drone technology in the real estate industry. The forum included Jim Williams of the FAA’s Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Office, Doug Trudeau, the first REALTOR® to apply for and receive a waiver allowing him to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Lesley Walker, associate counsel for the National Association of REALTORS®. Continue reading