Important Alert From the Board Of Registration Of Real Estate Brokers And Salespersons
The Board has learned that a few of its licensees have been targets of a telephone fraud scam. The caller seeks to obtain a licensee's credit card number and/or a social security number by stating that the Board has implemented a fingerprinting requirement as mandated by Massachusetts state law. Please be advised that (1) there is NO fingerprinting requirement under Massachusetts state law for the Board and (2) the Board would never call and request any credit card or social security number information from a licensee.
Briefly, this is how the scam works:
- A person claiming to be from the Board calls a licensee and states that there is a new Massachusetts law that requires fingerprinting of all real estate agents.
- The caller then informs the licensee that he/she has failed to respond to a letter regarding this matter and that his/her license is scheduled for suspension if they do not comply.
- The licensee is then asked for credit card information to process the "fingerprinting application" over the phone.
- In at least one case, the person making the call then asks the licensee to "confirm" their social security number and gives them an incorrect number. When the licensee states that the number recited by the scammer is incorrect the caller then demands the correct one in order to "process" the application.
This is a scam and licensees should not give any information to the caller. These calls are fraudulent and the caller is NOT from the Board. Again, there is no fingerprinting requirement under Massachusetts state law for the Board and the Board would never call a licensee and ask for any credit card or social security number information. Any licensee receiving such a call should not give or confirm any information to the caller.
If you have any questions, you may call the Board directly at (617) 727-2373.
Issued: September 21, 2009