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FBI Cites - “UNPRECEDENTED INCREASE IN CYBER ATTACKS & MALICIOUS CYBER ACTIVITY” *

Our Industry Is Under Attack - Take Action Now

*Source:  Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Report 2021 https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2021_IC3Report.pdf


Be Cyber Smart!

Be Cyber Smart! 

Check these tips daily to learn how to protect your information, avoid wire fraud and more.


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8 Cybersecurity Commandments

Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Cyber-Secure!

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8 Cybersecurity Commandments (.pdf)


How to Report Cyber Fraud

If you feel that your business or information may be compromised through a cyber attack:

  • Immediately inform the sender bank – contact the Chief of Security and ask for a recall of the wire.

  • Immediately inform the receiving bank.

  • Immediately contact the nearest U.S. Secret Service field office.

    • Miami Field Office: (305) 863-5000

    • Orlando Field Office: (407) 648-6333

    • Jacksonville Field Office: (904) 296-0133

    • Tampa Field Office: (813) 228-2636

  • All suspected cases of cyber fraud can be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. If the cyber fraud involved a wire transfer, report to bec.ic3.gov. Note: These websites merely collect data. Do not expect to receive a response from the authorities.


 

Live Webinars

Top 10 Tips to Discover Mortgage Payoff Fraud - Register Now

Tuesday, October 04 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Attorneys have a legal and ethical responsibility to safeguard escrowed funds. This seminar will identify clues an attorney can look for to discern whether mortgage payoff fraud is being attempted in connection with a real estate transaction and provide strategies to...


Spot the Fraud - Register Now

Tuesday, October 11 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Real estate professionals have among their fiduciary duties the ethical obligation to review transaction documents, mortgage payoff statements (estoppel letters) and all forms of photo identification to ensure their legitimacy and authenticity. This one-hour course...


Vulnerabilities: The Food that Hackers Eat - Register Now

Tuesday, October 18 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
This webinar discusses the increasing importance of vulnerability management to avoid being the victim of ransomware. Hear about the latest ransomware trends, the threat actors who perpetrate criminal activities and get some tips to protect real estate practice.


 

On-Demand Webinars

Video – Avoiding Mortgage Payoff Fraud - Watch Now

Real estate practitioners face pronounced dangers due to cybercrime. FBI statistics reveal Florida among those states with the highest rate of cyber victims and dollars lost. Business email compromise (BEC) combined with devilishly clever social engineering feats...


Video – Cyber Insurance for the Closing Agent: A Roundtable Discussion with Industry Experts - Watch Now

The Fund welcomes Brian Kouwenhoven of Kouwenhoven & Associates, Inc. and Cynthia Zimmerman of Socius Insurance Services for a roundtable discussion on the various insurance products available to law firms and title agencies to protect against business email...


Video – An Insider's Look at Cyber Security Cases - Watch Now

The Fund’s Legal Education Department is pleased to welcome Joseph Swanson, a shareholder of the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, An Insider’s Look at Cyber Security Cases. A large portion of Mr. Swanson’s practice...


Video – What?! We’ve Been Phished! – An Online Tabletop Exercise - Watch Now

Join us as we depict a fictional firm’s reaction to learning that it’s fallen victim to an elaborate wire transfer fraud. At crucial points in the firm’s odyssey, we stop and consider the firm’s actions – and inactions - in view of the...


Video – Third-Party Security Vetting for Law Firms - Watch Now

Join Ron Frechette, CEO of GoldSky Security for a FREE webinar, Third-Party Security Vetting for Law Firms. Ron wowed the crowd at Fund Assembly with his Dark Web presentation and is back to introduce Fund members to the...


Video – Computer Security in the Age of Cyber-Crime - Watch Now

Join Darrell Marsh, The Fund's Computer Security Manager, Information Technology, as he presents Computer Security in the Age of Cyber-Crime.  This program focuses on the various types of computer security that Fund members and their...


Video – A Fund Roundtable: Cyber-Hygiene Tips You Need to Adopt Today - Watch Now

Join the attorneys of The Fund's Legal Education Department as we present A Fund Roundtable: Cyber-Hygiene Tips You Need to Adopt Today.  We will share practical tips that law firms and title agencies can adopt to mitigate against cyber...


Video – Insuring Against Mortgage Payoff Fraud, Business Email Compromise Fraud & Other Social Engineering Fraud - Watch Now

Real estate settlement providers are now the #1 target of cyber fraudsters and the types of frauds are ever evolving. Mortgage payoff frauds now joins the list of business email compromise and other social engineering frauds affecting closing agents. This webinar...


Video – Protecting Yourself Against Wire Fraud - Watch Now

Day of closing. Updated payoff  letter received and your bookkeeper has loaded the wire for you to release. Before you hit the “Send” button, are you absolutely certain that the wiring instruction relied upon is authentic? Are there ways to tell? How...


Information Security Questions

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News & Alerts


Alert: Vacant Lot Scams – Beware of Notarizations Taken Abroad

Alert: Vacant Lot Scams – Beware of Notarizations Taken Abroad
08/15/2022

Previous alerts on this issue have been sent in 2009, 2010, 2018 and 2022. On April 12, 2022, The...

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Avoiding Fraudulent Transactions: A Guide For Fund Members
06/30/2022

By Scott D. Jackson, Fund Underwriting Counsel

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Wire Fraud & Fraudulent Mortgage Payoffs - Our Newest Pandemic!
05/13/2022

Dear Members,This is a special, one issue message. ...

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Alert - Scam Involving Sale of Vacant Lots – it is still with us!

Alert - Scam Involving Sale of Vacant Lots – it is still with us!
04/12/2022

Alerts about this scam have been sent to Fund Members in 2009, 2010 and 2018.  This scam has not gone away...

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Cyber Insurance for the Closing Agent: A Roundtable Discussion with Industry Experts
10/20/2021

Join Brian Kouwenhoven of Kouwenhoven & Associates, Inc. and Cynthia Zimmerman of Socius Insurance Services to learn...

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Tips to Avoid Mortgage Payoff Fraud

Tips to Avoid Mortgage Payoff Fraud
10/06/2021

Don't get scammed! Follow these tips to protect yourself and your clients from mortgage payoff fraud.

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Fund Members Must Be On High Alert For Mortgage Payoff Fraud
06/23/2021

By Michael Rothman, Fund Sr. Manager, Legal Education

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The Florida Bar Ethics Opinion 21-2

The Florida Bar Ethics Opinion 21-2
06/22/2021

A lawyer ethically may accept payments via a Web-based payment-processing service (such as Venmo or PayPal...

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