How the scam works:
You are browsing through free real estate listing websites looking for a new home when a certain property catches your eye. As soon as you click on it to find out more information, a pop-up window opens and asks you to register.
You create your account as you want to learn more about the house you saw, and registering doesn't require any banking or credit card information. It seems to be legitimate. Little do you know, your information will be harvested and sold in batches to marketers.
You will start getting all kinds of emails, many filled with aggressive offers, since spammers now think you have money to spend. Depending on the kind of property you clicked on (price, region, etc) your personal info is customized into different spam categories.
How to avoid the Real Estate Website Login scam:
Be careful who you give your information to – sometimes the "unsubscribe" button won't stop the emails from pouring in.
How to report the Real Estate Website Login scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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