As technology becomes more developed, so do phone scams and the methods perpetrators use to defraud potential targets. Scammers may spoof mobile numbers or claim to be someone you know or have done business with.
Tennessee REALTORS® and MAAR were recently made aware of one such scam affecting agents across the state. The goal appears to be to solicit payments through impersonation.
This latest iteration is a text message scam. The text(s) purportedly comes from the agent's broker who claims to be at a listing appointment. The text then asks for gift cards of some sort and promises to reimburse the agent after the listing appointment.
Be advised that these texts are fraudulent. If you receive a similar text, do not purchase anything or send payments of any sort. If you are unsure of the validity of a message, we advise that you call your broker directly using a number that you know to be real.
As a general rule of thumb, never divulge personal or financial information over the phone in any scenario. As always, we encourage members to remain vigilant about fraud and do all in their power to protect themselves and their clients.