Type of a scam Phishing
An individual contacted my clients this morning claiming to be a representative of the lender. They seemed to know the source of their down payment on the purchase of a house and advised the clients that the money needed to be made available in their bank account today. They also seem to know roughly how much the down payment was and the mortgage amount. The closing on this is in May so long from now. This is not a usual practice. The lender would not call the clients for this. The individual also advised the clients the remainder of the money being borrowed from the lender would be deposited in to their account shortly. My thoughts are the individual would have confirmed with the clients the money was in their bank account and available and would have then asked for their banking info so that they could deposit the rest of the money and used their banking info to steal the money they had. Thankfully my clients contact me first and didn’t comply. Disaster averted. This is of great concern to me however. I feel like home purchasers are given so much info and they are asked a lot of and so the process is very confusing. It would be easy for a scammer to pull something like this off. The message I received from my clients this morning was that of them complying with the request and making the money available.
Additional resource is my blog. https://www.shawnmooney.com/single-post/2018/03/15/New-House-Purchase-Scam