October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the Better Business Bureau of North Texas is warning consumers of a new phishing scam.
Monica Horton, President of the North Texas BBB, says the scammers are targeting real estate offices all across the country and stealing valuable personal information from those who may fall victim.
Horton says some local realtors have received this phishing email claiming to be from the BBB stating there has been a complaint filed against them and further information is needed but luckily no one has fallen victim.
However, DeeAnn Martin, with Advantage Realtor Group says on Thursday, her company received an email, apparently from the Better Business Bureau, stating a complaint had been filed against her business and that additional information was needed.
"The lessons from this one are to always be careful, even though it looks legitimate," Martin says.
Horton says scammers will try anything to steal someone's information.
"We've seen phishing emails that say that say that you have a complaint that need to be responded or something such as that so it's not the first time we've seen con artists spoof and pretend to be the Better Business Bureau to trick businesses into clicking on these."
Martin says she almost fell victim to the email but there were red flags like it asking for her banking information.
She urges anyone to take their time opening emails even if they look to come from trusted sources.
If I had gone through all the steps to open this email, I would very likely have exposed our entire database, clients, all with information that people could have started scamming them," Martin says.
The BBB says if you do receive an email that looks suspicious, forward it to email@example.com to see if it is legitimate or to call their office.
For more information, call the BBB at 940.691.1172.