Member Notice: Email Spoofing & Phishing

Email scams, phishing attempts, email spoofing and identity fraud continue to become more sophisticated and the frequency that members receive them have increased.

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Email scams, phishing attempts, email spoofing and identity fraud continue to become more sophisticated and the frequency that members receive them have increased. You may have seen emails that seem to come from WR staff and/or leadership, including CEO Steve Francks or 2019 President Dale Chumbley. These emails often seem "off" or ask you to do unusual things. 

Please note that WR staff and leadership will NEVER :

  • Ask you to send money to an individual.

  • Ask that you purchase gift cards.

  • Ask for donations on behalf of individuals (we will occasionally promote the REALTOR Relief Foundation after a disaster but we do not solicit for donations to individuals).

  • Ask you to reveal log on information or passwords.

How do you tell if an email from WR is legitimate?

Spoofed emails often use imagery that mimic legitimate branding from companies. Many emails now require a bit of detective work to identify whether they are legitimate or not:

  • Look at the return address (not just the “From Name”). Emails from WR staff will be from @warealtor.org. 

  • Is the messaging "off"? For instance, did the sender misspell common words or use glaringly inaccurate grammar? Did the sender greet you in an unusual manner or phrase the message in a way that is odd to you?

  • Scammers often convey a sense of urgency and many are sent at the end of the day or end of the week.

  • Hover your cursor over any links for a few seconds WITHOUT CLICKING. This will reveal the file path. Look for suspect combinations of letters and numbers. Is the file path clearly from WR or is it obscure?

  • When in doubt, ALWAYS call WR staff at 360.943.3100 or email support@warealtor.org to verify if an email is legitimate before clicking links or opening attachments. 

NAR has released helpful materials on this subject matter.

Is That Email Really From NAR? How to Know

The Voice For Real Estate - Email Scams

3 Actions to Take After You Receive a Bogus Email 

 

 

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