A Message from Hawai`i Association of REALTORS®:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Be on alert if you receive an inquiry through Zillow or another third party data facilitator. It begins with a customer sending you an email with a listing and stating they want a home similar to the one they are sending you. You should consider not responding if you have not had previous communications or have worked with this customer before because once you email them back they gain access to your email account. These scammers have been particularly focusing on real estate agents with GMail or Hotmail email accounts.
If you have a cash buyer or an out of state lender that requires wiring notice please let these communications be transmitted from the title company to the buyer and never share wiring instructions or other confidential information about your client through your email account.