Why Do We Need a Wire Fraud Warning?

Every transaction we do out of my office, we require everyone involved to sign a “Wire Transfer Fraud Warning” with details about the dangers of scammers, spammers, and wire fraud, where you could be tricked into sending money to a fake account where it is lost FOREVER.

The warning states:

Wire Transfer Warning

Here is why:

(and these guys were lucky!! Good job Wilco Sheriff’s Office!)

Real Estate Agent Safety Tips

Keller Williams Cedar Park Leander
From the Safety Committee (Chairman Phillip Way)
Chicago POliceIt was reported today by Inman News that an agent hosting an open house in Chicago was almost assaulted by a man with a stun gun. He is facing charges of attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery, and possession of a weapon by a felon. His bail was set at $1 million.
It is crucial for you to have a plan for your own security when you host an open house. Let another agent or a friend know when and where the open house is and have them expect to hear from you when it is over. Check in often with others when you are at the open house. It only takes a minute to prepare yourself mentally and to get others who care about you to help and it is as simple as paying attention and planning ahead. It is easy to get distracted and to lose track of people when there are several visitors at once at the property. But be aware, be confident enough to be willing even to offend a guest in order to keep yourself and them safe by interrupting them or taking just a second to pause and check things out.
Follow your gut, but even more importantly, have a plan. And if you don’t, please contact me for pointers and guidance for being prepared.
One resource from the NAR offers 56 Safety Tips for Realtors ® here: https://www.nar.realtor/safety/56-safety-tips-for-realtors
Remember: Your safety is more important than the showing or the sale.