Scam Warning: ‘Pay a Fine or Lose Your Real Estate License’

A scam reported out of Pa. specifically targets real estate licensees. The caller says the agent missed jury duty and, unless they pay a fine, may lose their license.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A license scam isn’t new, but its appearance in the real estate industry may be. In general, the scams tell callers to “pay a fee or you’ll lose your license.”

In an article from the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, a county sheriff has reported on a new scam that directly targets the real estate industry. According to an article in “Just Listed,” the association’s email newsletter, “The scammers claim to be calling from a specific judge or sheriff’s office and say that the person has failed to show up for jury duty, and now they must pay a fine or risk the loss of their real estate license.”

Sheriff Nicholas Chimienti Jr., the sheriff of Dauphin County, Pa., says the scam has been reported in at least several counties. “I’ve spoken with several real estate professionals over the past week who have reported being victims of this type of scam. Real estate professionals are being targeted … Unfortunately, many people never report these types of cases.”

Source: Pennsylvania Association of Realtors

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