It’s a cautionary tale of cyber fraud. A title agent in a real estate transaction receives an email ostensibly from the mortgage lender providing instructions for transferring the loan proceeds into a settlement bank account. After transferring the funds ($520,000), it becomes apparent that the transfer instructions came from an email address that was one letter off from the mortgage lender’s actual email address – it was a scam. But it’s too late, the scammer has already withdrawn the funds from the settlement account and cannot be traced.
Reprinted courtesy of Andrea DeField, Hunton Andrews Kurth and Michael L. Huggins, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Ms. DeField may be contacted at adefield@HuntonAK.com
Mr. Huggins may be contacted at mhuggins@HuntonAK.com