Categories for Common Sense

Selling to someone who is Demolishing

17/1/2018
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Smoke Alarms DMIRS Bulletin #78 Smoke alarms in dwellings proposed for demolitionWestern Australia’s Building Regulations 2012 require owners of residential dwellings to have compliant smoke alarms installed prior to the sale, transfer of ownership, rent or hire of the dwelling.  Changes to the Regulations that come into effect on 22 January 2018 provide an exemption for owners who are transferring ownership to a person intending to demolish the dwelling.This means the current owner of a dwelling that is subject to transfer...

Dial & verify, before you Transfer funds!

23/11/2017
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Another successful middle-man-scam in WA- this time on payment of Contract Deposit to Real Estate office…Would suggest clients ‘Call to verify (only on the known public listed office number -not the one presented in the email-could be altered) before they transfer funds’…“Another Settlement Agent Posted 1 hrAnother successful hacking! 🙁  My client received an email from the Real Estate Agent to transfer the deposit pursuant to the Contract of Sale. Shortly thereafter he received a follow-up email changing the account name and...

Phishing or Hoax email scams?

26/9/2017
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Phishing is an attempt to scam or deceive you into disclosing personal and financial information in an email or online. A hoax email may look like it was sent from a reputable organisation, and may ask you to disclose personal information via return email or by clicking a link. These emails often look genuine, copying a company’s branding and email layout, and using an address that’s very similar to the real company’s URL.Hoax emails may: Be unaddressed, or addressed generically...

HIGH ALERT WARNING

11/3/2017
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Another electronic funds transfer fraud has occurred whereby a client has been emailed by a person they have believed to be their conveyancer.Otherwise known as “spoofing” the client has assumed the email to be legitimate and has followed instructions to transfer funds.AICWA recommend all members undertake the following:   Do not send trust account details and requests for moneys in the body of an email; Advise your client that trust details will not be requested by email (and why); Advise...