A Warning About Wire Fraud
Criminals often try to be title companies like us, or they pretend to be your real estate agent. They do that to steal your money before you realize they are not being honest. You may get an email from them that looks like it is from us or from your agent. These criminals may even call you and pretend to work with us or your agent. Before you send any funds, CALL US! Give us a call at a number you know is actually ours (If you do not have a valid number for us already you can look here). NEVER USE THE PHONE NUMBER SENT TO YOU IN AN E-MAIL OR GIVEN IN A RANDOM PHONE CALL. We cannot be responsible for any wires you send to a bank account that is not correct. If you need further information about this or other ways your can protect yourself, please contact us.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN THE VICTIM OF WIRE FRAUD, HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD DO RIGHT AWAY, ACCORDING TO FBI RECOMMENDATIONS:
Ask your bank to contact the bank where the fraudulent wire was sent.
Contact your local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office.
Click here to file a complaint with the FBI’s official Internet Crime Complaint Center
SPEAKING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY WILL WANT TO KNOW:
- The name and address of your bank
- Your account number
- The name & address of the bank where funds were sent
- The beneficiary’s name
- The beneficiary’s account number
- The correspondent bank (if applicable)
- Dates and amounts transferred
- IP and/or e-mail address of the fraudulent e-mail