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Wire Fraud is on the rise!

If you receive any email containing wiring instructions, be skeptical. Never wire funds to an account you have not verified over the phone or in person. Here are five steps recommended by the American LandTitle Association to  help you protect your funds:

1. Call, don't email: Confirm all wiring instructions by phone before transferring funds. Use the phone number from the title company's website or a business card.
2. Be suspicious: It's not common for title companies to change wiring instructions and payment info.
3. Confirm it all: Ask your bank to confirm not just the account number but also the name on the account before sending the wire.
4. Verify immediately. You should call the title company or real estate agent to validate that the funds were received. The sooner fraud is detected the better the chance of recovering your money.
5. Forward, don't reply: When responding to an email, hit forward instead of reply and then start typing in the person's email address. Criminals use email addresses that are very similar to our real email addresses. By typing in email addresses you will make it easier to discover if a fraudster is after you.

If you receive wiring instructions over email, please call us at (574) 607-7610 and ask to speak with your escrow or title officer to confirm you have the correct information:

The bank below is the only institution we use for real estate transactions. We will provide our full account information once the transaction is ready for funding. We will never ask you to send your closing funds to a different bank and will not be responsible for any wires sent to an incorrect bank account.


This notice is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide legal advice.
Please consult with a lawyer if you have any questions.

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