We’ve seen several examples of phony emails that have asked for personal information or login information. These emails were made to look like they came from or were related to RealtyStore. They were not. We do not request this information via email.
Fraudulent Emails and Websites
In order to best protect yourself from fraudulent businesses or would be scammers, it is wise to never send your personal information via email, and make sure that the address (URL) of the site that you visit begins with "https://www.realtystore.com". RealtyStore uses VeriSign Trusted encryption to ensure no one can eavesdrop on any internet communication that follows the above rules. Follow this link for more information from VeriSign, Inc.
How to avoid fraud and scams
RealtyStore.com scams usually occur when someone follows a link to a site that may look like ours, but in reality belongs to someone else. These generally produce mis-directed complaints toward RealtyStore. In these cases, usually initiated through an email, there are links to dummy, or 'spoof' websites that imitate a reputable company’s website. These types of scams are commonplace and more frequently occur with financial institutions such as banks, lending institutions, credit card companies, PayPal, etc. – but the same common-sense rule applies here (or in fact, anywhere your critical information is accessible on the internet) as they do elsewhere.
The best defense is knowing where your are and who you are responding to – if it looks suspicious, it probably is. As a general rule, never give the following information out via email directly:
- Bank account number
- Social Security number
- Credit Card number
- User name and passwords
Who should I notify about if I suspect a scam attempt?
If you feel you have been a target of a realtystore scam attempt, please notify us immediately via our secure contact form here, or call us toll free at 1-800-473-1783.