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 from an email address using Dietz’s name, offered a bogus client referral. Anyone who responded to the email was sent a Dropbox link, which, once opened, gave hackers access to the user’s passwords and other information.
This type of scam is spreading. Sam DeBord, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle, discovered last week that hackers are using his identity to launch a similar email scam. DeBord tells us that he’s received hundreds of phone calls, texts, and emails from practitioners who received a bogus email in his name. In the video above, he gives details about how he is getting a warning out to his colleagues about the scam and tips on what you should do if you receive this bogus email.