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February 08, 2017

State Agency Warns Appraisers of ‘Phishing Scheme’

The California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers on Jan. 31 issued guidance to appraisers across the country who received an email stating that a complaint had been filed against their practice.

“This is a phishing scheme to scare the recipient into clicking on the link, and it may download a file with malicious code,” the Bureau said in a Facebook post. “We are investigating this matter.”

The post advised appraisers who have received a phishing email to remove the item from their computers. Despite what the email claims, the Bureau said it was not sent from the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers.

“The clues that this email is bogus is the subject ‘Department of Consumers Affairs’ (the Department of Consumer Affairs does not contain an ‘s’ on Consumer) and also, the From email address is not ‘.ca.gov,’ instead it is ‘outlook.com’,” the Bureau said in its post.

The Bureau’s post further noted, “Correspondence from the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers or the Department of Consumer Affairs is made on official letterhead or is sent from an email address ending in ‘.ca.gov’. You may confirm correspondence is from the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers or the Department of Consumer Affairs by calling our office at (916) 552-9000.”

The Bureau also provided “a link to information and strategies to defend against spear phishing attacks” at http://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/keep-a-clean-machine/spam-and-phishing.

 


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