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Florida Realtors Targeted With Scam Using GoFundMe

Scammers created a fake “GoFundMe” campaign to raise money for a Florida Realtors’ member’s child suffering from a rare disease. Don’t believe it.

ORLANDO, Fla. – A fake “GoFundMe” campaign purports to raise money for a Florida Realtors®’ member’s child suffering from a rare disease. Don’t believe it.

The “Tony Needs You” email appears to come from Florida Realtors.

Florida Realtors did not send this email. Also, Florida Realtors will never send a GoFundMe request to our members.

If a fake email asks for “a favor” or donation, don’t buy into it – or any other email simply because you trust the sender.

If you receive an email from a person or organization that you can’t seem to ignore, take the following precautions:

  • Call that person or their office directly to confirm they actually sent the email
  • Check the “from” box at the top of the email. Scammers often have a legit title in the space before the “@”, but a questionable title after the “@”. Sometimes the title after the “@” looks valid but has a single letter or number that has been changed.
  • Be especially wary of any email sent from a Gmail, Hotmail or other service that allows anyone to sign up for an email address.
  • If you do receive a spam email, mark it as spam with your email service provider.

Also consider reporting the scam to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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