All Posts Tagged: mortgage

Business scam poses threat for real estate transactions

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention

Are you buying a new home? Among the many related details you may be considering, add this caution: Criminals may use the transaction to steal from you.

view from above as older couple looks at a laptop together while going through financial paperwork.It’s a new twist in the scam known as business email compromise, or masquerading, that I have been blogging about for a few years.  It basically involves someone sending you an email asking for money to be sent under false pretenses, and it’s a $5 billion problem. That is $5 billion in actual losses, not just fraudulent transactions. (Check out our infographic for more information.)

Here are some ways to help avoid being a victim of this type of scam during a real estate transaction:

  • Do not send funds based on an email. If you get an email with wire instructions, pick up the phone and verify all the details, especially the bank and account numbers.
  • Call to verify the receipt of funds. If you were the victim of a scam or a mistake was made, the earlier you detect it (minutes or hours), the better chance you have to recall the funds.
  • Be careful clicking on links. Real estate transactions involve a lot of paperwork, and much of that paperwork is delivered online. Instead of clicking the links, go directly to the site. See this blog post for more information.
  • Protect your email. Turn on 2-factor authentication for email to keep the criminals out.
  • Check the email address. In some cases, criminals will set up an email address very close to the real recipient. When you reply, replace the email from the sender with the known email address from your address book or a business card.

Just in case you think this may be an isolated trend rather than a serious threat, consider this: The FBI has stated that on average $5.4 million is stolen every month in real estate-related scams in the Los Angeles area.

I hope you’ll follow these steps and stay #BeCyberSafe during your house-hunting activities.

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Millennials: Insights on their homebuying activities & intentions

Victor Polich
Mortgage Banking
Young couple sitting on floor, painting an interior wall; but the woman is using a small paintbrush and paints a symbol of a small blue house on the wall.

When it comes to homebuying, it’s not uncommon to hear that millennials are breaking with the traditions of their parents and grandparents.

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Be on alert: New phishing scams target home buyers

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Young woman checking email on phone with laptop on table

Recent phishing attempts target financial institutions and consumers that are engaged in mortgage lending.

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A recipe for the millennials’ American Dream

Paul Appleton
Consumer Banking
Young couple pausing from their meal at a kitchen table to take a selfie.

It’s as if this generation took some of the classic elements of the American Dream and added several twists, building a whole new recipe.

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What millennials want: Highlights from our 2017 survey

Paul Appleton
Consumer Banking
3 young adults (2 men, 1 woman) sitting outdoors at a table with coffees & looking at a cellphone.

The survey explored lifestyle aspects that included careers, housing, saving and investing, and retirement.

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