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Every day, our industry experiences cyberattacks aimed at stealing closing funds. If you think you’re safe, guess again. NO ONE IS IMMUNE.  

A startling fact from the FBI: Between 2015 and 2018, real estate transaction scams increased more than 1,000%.

To help you protect your practice, your funds, your employees and everyone with whom you interact, we've pulled together these valuable tips, learning opportunities, links and updates. Feel free to download and share the 8 Cybersecurity Commandments flyer and the Information Security FAQs document.


Be Cyber-Smart!

Be Cyber-Smart! 

Our industry is a primary target of the fraudsters, exercising good cyber hygiene and diligence is a year-round requirement. These tips run the gamut, from articles on encrypted email, links to the FBI’s ic3 website, recorded webinars, and more.


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8 Cybersecurity Commandments

Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Cyber-Secure!

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8 Cybersecurity Commandments PDF (.pdf)


How to Report Cyber Fraud

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

  • Inform local law enforcement or the state attorney general as appropriate.
  • Report stolen finances or identities and other cyber crimes to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. If a wire transfer was involved, also file a complaint at bec.ic3.gov.
  • Report fraud to the Federal Trade Commission at www.onguardonline.gov/file-complaint.
  • Report computer or network vulnerabilities to US-CERT via the hotline: 1-888-282-0870 or www.us-cert.gov.

 

Webinars

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

Email questions to fraudfaq@thefund.com. If your question can help others, we'll add it to our information security FAQs page.

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News & Alerts

An Insider's Look at Cyber Security Cases
11/04/2020

A large portion of Mr. Swanson’s practice involves litigating cases and providing counsel in incidents arising from...

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What?! We’ve Been Phished! – An Online Tabletop Exercise
11/04/2020

Join us as we depict a fictional firm’s reaction to learning that it’s fallen victim to an elaborate wire transfer...

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Be Cyber-Smart! 22 Cyber Security Tips
09/22/2020

These tips run the gamut, from articles on encrypted email, links to the FBI’s ic3 website, recorded webinars, and...

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Important Cyber Insurance and Cyber Security Updates to Keep You Safe
08/24/2020

I am on vacation, but cyber criminals are working overtime!

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Cyber Security & COVID-19: Title Agent Security Tips

Cyber Security & COVID-19: Title Agent Security Tips
03/30/2020

Adjusting to work-from-home conditions and the stress of the pandemic makes it the perfect time to discuss protecting...

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Notarial Certificates

Notarial Certificates
02/05/2020

Effective January 1, 2020, notarial certificates MUST indicate whether the principal appeared before the notary by...

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ALTA Wire Fraud Checklist

ALTA Wire Fraud Checklist
10/28/2019

ALTA Outgoing Wire Preparation Checklist

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