Durban - Over the last few months, the real estate industry has been the target of several attempts at cybercrime, including phishing attacks and email spoofing. Because real estate professionals deal with the personal information of buyers and sellers, the profession is often viewed as a desirable target for cybercrime.
In order to prevent these sorts of crimes, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett, encourages both agents and the public to familiarise themselves with these sorts of scams and to be aware of the best practices to follow when it comes to cyber security.
“These scams can often be avoided as long as safe internet habits are followed and recipients are aware of what could be potentially harmful content,” Goslett explains.
To help inform the public of the possible dangers, the IT Department at RE/MAX of Southern Africa provides some expert advice on cyber security:
Explaining Phishing and Spoofing
Because people are more likely to open an email from a legitimate or familiar source, hackers use email spoofing, which is the forgery of an email address so that the message appears to have originated from someone or somewhere other than the actual source, to get recipients to open and possibly even respond to a solicitation. A phishing attack is when a hacker uses email spoofing to retrieve sensitive information for financial gain. When the recipient opens the email and is tricked into clicking a malicious link, they accidentally install the malware embedded by the cybercriminals which freezes their computer and allows the cybercriminal to obtain the necessary information. To guard against this, you should only ever sign into your inbox through your email providers’ usual login site and delete emails that request you to “sign into your email provider to unblock messages”.