Florida’s REALTORS® Targeted with Scam Using GoFundMe
There is a new email scam targeting Florida REALTORS® members, according to the state organization. A fake “GoFundMe” campaign purports to raise money for a member’s child suffering from a rare disease. The “Help Support Rory” email appears to come from Florida REALTORS®. The donation link goes directly to PayPal. However, Florida REALTORS® wants to warn its members that it has not send this email and will never send a GoFundMe request to NEFAR's members.
In a letter written by Mindy Wilson, vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Florida REALTORS®, comes the warning about another scamming attempt from firstname.lastname@example.org with "Assist Rory Campaign," in the email subject line.
If a fake email asks for “a favor” or donation, DO NOT buy into it – or any other email – simply because you trust the sender. If you receive an email from a person or organization that you cannot seem to ignore, take the following precautions:
- Call that person or their office directly to confirm that they actually sent the email
- Check the “from” box at the top of the email. Scammers often have a legit title in the space before the “@”, but a questionable title after the “@.”
- Be especially wary of any email sent from a Gmail, Hotmail or other service that allows anyone to sign up for an email address.
- If you do receive a spam email, mark it as spam with your email service provider.
To see a screenshot of the scam email, visit Florida REALTORS® website.
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