Wire fraud is actively targeting Columbus home buyers and buyers around the country. If you are buying a home anywhere, you are at risk! Through sophisticated email phishing schemes, and the impersonation of legitimate parties, criminals have stolen millions of dollars in down payment funds.

Here are tips from title companies to protect your down payment from theft!

Be suspicious about ANY email changing the instructions for your down payment. Never accept “new” wire instructions that come through email. The more urgent and high-pressure the email sounds, the more suspicious you must be!

Call the title company’s closing officer to verify wiring instructions before you send any money – but do NOT use a phone number from an email. Be sure to have a business card from the title company officer who will handle your closing. When in doubt, reach out to your mortgage lender and real estate agent.

Have your bank confirm the account number associated with your wiring instructions, along with the name on that account. Be sure this information perfectly matches. Never assume that a discrepancy is a mere typo or human error.

You can test the wiring instructions you have by sending a small amount first. Call your title agent to verify receipt of the test wire, before sending the rest of the funds.

Always feel welcome to communicate via telephone with the people involved in your home purchase!

As Exclusive Buyer’s Brokers, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest at all times.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, CEBA-M, MCNE, CSP, PSA,e-PRO, CREM, ABRM, AHWD
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services www.BuyersHome.com
Serving Metro Columbus, Ohio with Exclusive Buyer’s Agents
7100 North High Street, Suite 204, Worthington, Ohio 43085
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