Kim Clark, AE, GAD
Beware of Fraudulent "Relief Funds Grant" Email
Greetings all, and Happy Friday. I wanted to provide a warning of a fraudulent email that some associations and members have received regarding "Relief Fund Grants" telling them to send a text to an unverified phone number to claim grant money.
This email is not from NAR. If you receive it, please do not click on any links or download any files.
Beware of an email that purports to come from NAR but originates from an unknown email address. NAR has reported this email scam to the proper authorities and is blocking it from internal networks.
The National Association of REALTORS® urges its members and state and local REALTOR® associations to be on high alert for email, text, and online fraud.
If you receive an email from someone imitating NAR, please note the following:
Take a screen shot of the scam email and use it in a report to the FBI IC3 website
Do not click on any links or otherwise engage with the sender. Erase the email. If you want to follow up with the FBI after filing the IC3 report, you can call your local FBI field office
If you have clicked on a link in a suspicious email-or if you suspect that any phone numbers or contact information were obtained due to a breach of your IT system-alert your IT department or engage an IT specialist to scan your systems and devices to make sure that you are free from malware. Visit the Data Privacy and Security topic page for more information about how to protect your business from cybercrime.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take appropriate action. We appreciate your assistance in notifying us if you have received this or any similar emails.
Vice President Information Technology
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®