FRAUD ALERT!!! Florida Real Estate Licensees - Agents and Brokers!!!
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations- DBPR- is warning ALL Florida real estate licensees, that is agents and brokers that apparantly there is an IDENTITY THEFT SCAM that is targeting real estate licensees.
A real estate broker received an email that appears to be from the DBPR that says that his license is in jeapardy and that he is the subject of disciplinary action by the department.
Of course, any email like this is meant to scare the pants off of you and throw you off guard so that your defensive mechanism steps up to take action to protect your livelihood from possibly being pushed to a stop. This is intentional. Because in an action of fear and defense we tend to not think things through. We tend to ACT right away.
The broker was told in the email to call an 800 number, provide his personal information to a " department investigator" . This email is NOT from DBPR, the investigator is a scammer trying to get your personal information so they can steal your identity.
If you get an email like this DO NOT RESPOND TO THE EMAIL and DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER IN THE EMAIL!!!!
Instead, call the DBPR at 850-487-1395 or go to the website to check on the status of your license and if there are any actions being taken on your licence. For more information about this scam click here to go to the DBPR site.
Please re-blog this if you an agent in Florida.
The theft of identity is a crime and must be reported to the authorities and to your local law enforcement.
The Department is currently investigating this scam and will keep us all up do to date on their website.