Agent’s Credentials Being Used Fraudulently

Posted on January 29, 2016 by

According to a former Arizona licensee, his real estate license identity has been stolen and is now being used to perpetrate fraudulent scams. The agent reporting this information severed his Arizona real estate license fewer than 30-days ago and relocated to another state. But just days ago, while living out-of-state, he received a brief email […]

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Hackers Perpetrate Wire Transfer Fraud Scams Across Arizona

Posted on May 1, 2015 by

According to REALTORS® and title companies across the state, Arizona real estate transactions are once again being targeted by hackers perpetrating wire transfer fraud. It is customary for parties in a real estate transaction to receive, and comply with, wire transfer instructions. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly common that those instructions were not generated by […]

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Posted on October 3, 2014 by Scott Drucker

Despite repeated warnings from authorities and increased media coverage about rental scams and the scraping of on-line real estate listings, many consumers continue to fall victim. Because it’s free, CraigsList is perhaps the most common on-line platform used to perpetrate these scams. However, there are easy to implement techniques Arizona REALTORS® can use to protect […]

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Google Users Beware of Scam

Posted on April 2, 2014 by

For REALTORS® who use the Google products Google Drive and Google Docs, there is a new scam to be aware of. According to, “The scam uses a simple subject of “Documents” and urges the recipient to view an important document on Google Docs by clicking on the included link.” The users are then sent […]

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Patent Trolls: Scan Scam

Posted on June 3, 2013 by Bethany Brannan

NAR has received many reports from members who have received demand letters from a patent owner, NPHG Technology (or its Law Firm, Farney Daniels, P.C.), that purports its ownership of the process of sending a document via email from a printing or scanning device. The letters demand that companies (typically small to medium size) pay […]

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Report Internet Crimes and Scams to IC3

Posted on May 24, 2013 by Scott Drucker

If you believe you are the victim of an internet scam, there is a great resource available to you for reporting this criminal activity. The Internet Crime Complaint Center, known as IC3, represents a collaborative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3). The IC3 assists consumers […]

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Tucson REALTOR® Asked for REO Kickback

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Bethany Brannan

Armando Granillo, a former Fannie Mae employee, was indicted in March 2013, by a grand jury on allegations of taking kick-backs related to his role as a Real Estate Owned Foreclosure Specialist. Granillo’s position at the Irvine, California. Fannie Mae office was to review applications submitted by real estate brokers who wanted to list Fannie […]

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Scams & Frauds

Posted on November 16, 2012 by

The information contained on this page is intended to bring possible scams or fraudulent activity to AAR members’ attention in an effort to help you reduce your risk. Brokers should be alert to these scams and report them if discovered.  For information on filing a complaint, see the “Resources Links” sidebar. If you are aware […]

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5 Real Estate Scams You Need to Know About

Posted on October 1, 2010 by Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Mortgage fraud is pervasive: An estimated $4 billion to $6 billion in annual losses result from mortgage fraud, according to FBI reports. “An entire community can be damaged by mortgage fraud,” says Rachel Dollar, a lawyer from Santa Rosa, Calif., and editor of the Mortgage Fraud Blog. Mortgage fraud can lead to a spike in foreclosures, […]

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National Scams/Frauds

Posted on April 4, 2010 by

Payments to Entities, Asset Dumping & More “Fraud Insights” – Fidelity National Financial – Volume 7 – Issue 8 – August 2012 U.S. Attorney Charges 11 for Mortgage Fraud, One for Attempted Murder – July 20, 2012 Third-Party Short Sale Negotiator Misrepresents Closings Costs on HUD-1 Statement “Fraud Insights” – Fidelity National Financial – […]

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