Crimes Archive

‘Catch Me if You Can’ Conman Divulges Identity Theft Prevention Tips

Former con artist Frank Abagnale knows first-hand how easy it is to assume another person’s identity, and he’s now devoted his life to helping others avoid getting duped....
November 5, 2017

25% of Male Agents Carry a Gun

Safety is a concern in the real estate industry and it’s not limited to female agents. Recent NAR survey data show that a quarter of men in the business carry a gun to protect themselves. The survey is based...
September 12, 2017

3 Actions to Take After You Receive a Bogus Email

You may recall a previous post about Sue Dietz, an Iowa real estate agent whose identity was being used by scammers to send fraudulent emails to other real estate professionals all over the country. The emails, which were sent...
March 16, 2017

Local REALTOR® Leader Has Been Dealing With a Nightmare Email Scam for a Year

  Wire fraud schemes have been a hot topic in the real estate industry lately. But one real estate pro says she’s been caught up in a different kind of nightmarish scam — one that victims can do virtually...
February 16, 2017

In Some Areas, Renters Earn More Than Enough to Buy

One of the big challenges of real estate markets today is moving renters that want to buy into the homeownership column. Renters wanting to buy is the first step, but they have to come up with a downpayment and...
August 19, 2016

Investors Fed Bad Info During Boom

Researchers from Columbia University and the University of Chicago have done mortgage investors a big favor by teasing out two examples of how investors were fed bad information on the safety of so-called private-label subprime mortgages during the housing...
February 15, 2013

How to Know if Your Buyer’s Laundering Money

Money laundering isn’t an issue that comes to mind when you’re trying to get a transaction closed but it’s enough of a problem in real estate that NAR and the U.S. Department of Treasury got together a short while...
December 27, 2012