It’s not safe to be online, but that’s where the work comes from these days. Broker Teresa Boardman offers warning signs to look out for and ideas to keep you safe from online scammers.
Working with the people we meet on the World Wide Web It was never safe. It’s not safe to be online either, but that’s where the work comes in these days.
For years, my Social media Accounts and my blog attract all types. Some of them were wonderful and amazing people, others were completely insane and possibly dangerous.
There is a cross Harassment of phone calls And texting and some threats here and there. Sometimes people have bad experiences buying or selling homes and are looking for someone to swear by. There is a constant flow of people sending unsolicited private messages.
People who seem normal can become dangerously unstable when something goes wrong. It is easy for someone to pretend to be a home buyer or seller.
more than safety systems In place for real estate agents to work after the fact. They can be used to make someone aware that we have been killed or kidnapped.
Internet full of fraud And deception too. I assumed we were used to it. Get text messages with inquiries about homes we have on the market. They have bonds inside of them and are oddly worded.
People have contacted me with questions about clients. Once, a reporter called looking for some information about the owners of a home we listed. He said he couldn’t find any contact information for the owners, but he did find it easily.
Most of the phone calls that come to the business line are spam or scams. I’ve blocked so many numbers that it’s hard to imagine anyone having access to them. Most of the calls on my direct line come from “potential fraud” and “suspected spam”.
There are invoices to my company from companies I have never heard of asking for payment for items I have never ordered or received. The attached “bills” spread malware.
For a while, I’ve been getting fake notifications from Amazon about your requests. Most of them have a phone number to call if something is wrong with the order. I think they want me to call her and give them a credit card number. Fat chance. The first time I received such an email, I logged into my Amazon account, and there was no order.
Sometimes I copy and paste the subject line of a scam email into Google, and I can find out all about the scam. Every once in a while I get a legitimate email that I delete because it looks fake.
I stopped receiving blackmail type emails with threats and deadlines for sending payments Bitcoin To avoid scam. During tax season, offers of assistance were supposed to work with the IRS. Repeated calls from fake government agencies.
I also get some fake closing notices every week. It is sent to the public email account. They even have warnings about them Email scam. The email addresses do not match the addresses of any company.
Data breaches frequent these days. Email passwords should be passphrases and changed frequently. One company with a data breach is also making money to provide protection against identity theft.
Blogging generates a lot of spam as well. Every day I receive proposals via email from people who have content that they want me to post. They back off and continue demanding an answer and expecting a response before I block them.
The spam blockers on my blog pick up annoying comments that contain links to real estate for sale in foreign countries and ads about drugs, gambling and porn.
Spam comes through Facebook, and of course friend requests from people impersonating other people.
There are frequent text messages from people or companies that have potential clients. I don’t think any of them are legit, but I will never know because I usually block the number and delete the message.
The internet works 24 hours a day, which means we can be harassed around the clock. I go offline to Do Not Disturb in the evening.
Question legitimate callers. I ask question after question before I give anyone information about anything. I’m not helpful at all. I don’t want to contact me.
Meeting people who have found us online is not always safe. People don’t just do that home shop On the Internet, they shop for opportunities to financially exploit people and commit crimes.
There is very little security about working with an audience online or off. FTC Consumer . website Lists common scams via email, phone and text.
It can be hard to keep up with scams. I found it easier not to answer the phone, text messages, or email. I miss junk mail.