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Scam Warning: Local Association Member Doesn’t Have Sick Son

An existing Realtor scam asks members to help pay for a sick son’s surgery, but it now appears as if the request for help was sent by your local association.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Little Manuel, Erica and Diana don't need help – they don’t exist. But Realtors® still receive bogus donation requests to help a child with a fatal disease.

In a new twist, however, scammers have personalized the requests by making them appear as if they’re coming from a local association, rather than Florida Realtors® or the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

In a version of the latest email scam, a Realtor was told that a fellow member’s son was “critically ill” and “needs to be operated urgently.” It includes a photo of a small child in a hospital bed and asks that donations be sent to a fundraising campaign set up for that purpose.

If you receive this email or a similar one, report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center IC3.

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