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In 2020, 1/3 Of All Real Estate Transactions Were Targeted By Wire Fraud Scams.*

Think you’re immune? Guess again.

Florida ranks second in the country for internet crimes, according to the FBI’s 2020 Internet Crime Report. The three most common crimes: business email compromise, phishing scams, and ransomware.

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!



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:

  • 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 If the cyber fraud involved a wire transfer, report to Note: These websites merely collect data. Do not expect to receive a response from the authorities.



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 – Avoiding Mortgage Payoff Fraud - Watch Now

Join Michael Rothman, Senior Manager of The Fund’s Legal Education Department, for this free Fund Town Hall addressing the dangers of mortgage payoff fraud. Bad actors have learned to impersonate lenders, and through email diversion, the use of spoofed...

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

Wire Fraud & Fraudulent Mortgage Payoffs - Our Newest Pandemic!

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

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Avoiding Mortgage Payoff Fraud

Learn tips on how to spot attempted fraud and tools that every law firm and title agency needs to employ to fight...

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Tips to Avoid Mortgage Payoff Fraud

Tips to Avoid Mortgage Payoff Fraud

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

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

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

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Spoofed Payoff Letters

By Elsa Camacho, Fund Claims Counsel

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Policy Deadline Reminder, Moratorium Questions & RPPTL Update

Important end-of-year info from Melissa Jay Murphy

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An Insider's Look at Cyber Security Cases

Learn from Joe Swanson, an experienced litigator, what transpires in cases involving wire transfer fraud, ransomware...

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What?! We’ve Been Phished! – An Online Tabletop Exercise

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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