In today’s world of e-commerce, various forms of internet and email scams have arisen because large sums of money swap hands on digital platforms, through insecure communications. In real estate, and everyday communication, be wary that criminals often divert large sums of money by spoofing, phishing, or otherwise diverting your personal information for their own personal gain.
For example, in Minnesota the Boys and Girls Club of the Twin Cities, fraudsters posed as the charitable organization to get donations, frequently using kids on street corners to gain the sympathy of passersby. In England, according to this article, there have been several instances of fraud.
To avoid these tragedies, there are ways for you to protect yourself when conducting real estate business online. One key step is to verify that the website is properly secured. One way to know that is if the website starts with HTTPS (“s” means secure). Personally ask the lawyer or the law firm assistant or other contact what kind of security features are observed both with the computer and with the maintenance of private information. Be careful if the internet web-site you are using is not secured. Be wary about what information you send by email communication, being sure there is a secure, encrypted connection before sending any sensitive materials or information like bank account numbers or social security numbers.