Feds warn of 1,100% rise in real estate phishing scams

According to the Consumer Protection Bureau, scams led to a $1 billion loss in real estate transactions in 2017 alone.

Ransomware attack delays home sales in Baltimore

The attack began last week and has locked up the city’s computer systems, which is preventing title companies from checking on properties’ lien statuses.

Too smart to fall for a real estate scam? Think again

Real estate and rental internet crimes affected 11,300 victims in 2018, according to a new report, and cost them nearly $150 million, up dramatically from 2017, when 9,645 victims were impacted by these types of crimes and lost a collective $56 million to scammers and fraudsters using online means. 

A real estate developer and an FBI agent charged with bribing city employee

A Maryland real estate agent and developer and a South Carolina FBI agent are accused of coming together to bribe a city housing employee.

Property crime is down nationwide: FBI

Homeowners can breathe a small sigh of relief: property crime is on the decline, according to a report released by the FBI on Monday.

6 tips for keeping your clients safe from phishing scams

Your client saved up tens of thousands of dollars to buy a home. They found the right one after weeks of hunting. Their offer was accepted. They made it through the inspection process. Now, it’s finally time to close.

Developer gets 10 years for fracking real estate scam

As part of the con, the developer sent emails and letters to investors, replete with detailed building renderings and property specifications …

6 Things Professional Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

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New York City crime: NYC counties rank 31st in aggravated assaults

Working or living in a major city certainly has its financial repercussions, but the safety precautions of being in an urban environment can’t go overlooked. In a recent data analysis from FindTheHome, a residential real estate search engine, New York City counties ranked 31st for highest aggravated assault rates in the nation …

19 red flags to detect money laundering

Because your elevator speech won’t do you any good in prison, keep your eyes open. If you observe any of the following activities, money laundering might be afoot …