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  • St. Clown
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    Originally posted by LynahFan View Post
    A grad school friend and her husband, both PhDs, just shared on Facebook that they lost their life savings to a scam. They finally saved up enough to buy a house in the DC area. The scammer inserted itself in between them and the title company, and basically provided fake account info for them to send the down payment to. They are working with the FBI, but the money is likely just gone. Absolutely horrible. They said all the documentation from the scammer looked perfect - coming from the right email address, right fonts and format, perfect English, etc.

    I would certainly have never thought to call the title company directly on a verified number to confirm the transfer details - but you bet your *** I will the next time.
    I’m late o the reply list here, but here are some tips that could help:
    —Research the ABA or SWIFT (if international) routing instructions provided for the wire.
    —Using a search engine to first get the correct URL, find contact info to reach out to the bank to validate as much of that info as possible.
    —The ABA’s and SWIFT’s sites will provide the registered financial institution. (Hint: the larger the bank, the better they are at performing the required customer due diligence, the less likely you’re given a scammer’s account. Though not impossible.) My employer works really hard at making sure the only people stealing from their customers is the bank itself. Allowing known bad actors work from within the bank is actually far worse in penalties than being the bank actor itself.

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  • LynahFan
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    Originally posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    Lots of people on the edge. Arm the sandwich makers

    https://***********/phil_lewis_/stat...4VGgNaRNr7wIlw
    Please, they're "Sandwich Artists." :-)

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Lots of people on the edge. Arm the sandwich makers

    https://***********/phil_lewis_/stat...4VGgNaRNr7wIlw

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  • WisconsinWildcard
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    Originally posted by French Rage View Post

    (None of this is meant to imply LF's friends did anything wrong, a lot of this is there-but-for-the-grace-of-god-go-I, because I knew squat about buying a home and would have been the perfect patsy.)
    And to clarify, I was not trying to imply that they did anything wrong. Just that I remember the fear of god being put in me by the professionals helping me through the process.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by French Rage View Post
    (None of this is meant to imply LF's friends did anything wrong, a lot of this is there-but-for-the-grace-of-god-go-I, because I knew squat about buying a home and would have been the perfect patsy.)
    Same here. I just followed my bank's instructions. The bank was SUPER careful and serious, so I was too.

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