On Wednesday, October 3rd, state officials from Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sent out a warning letter to caution Florida real estate agents against a new license renewal scam. This scam targeting real estate agents represents the latest twist in identity theft.

Victims of this new scam receive a seemingly official email from a company posing as the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, claiming that their professional license is subject to disciplinary action. The email directs recipients to call a toll-free number and provide personally identifiable information such as their Social Security number and driver’s license number to an investigator claiming to be with DBPR.

Ken Lawson, Secretary of DBPR, sent out a warning letter last week asking real estate licensees not to respond to any emails in which DBPR warns of their license being suspended, and not to call any phone numbers listed in the email. Instead, licensees can check the status of their license by logging into their account online or by calling the department directly at 850-487-1395.

So far, this new scam has focused primarily on real estate brokers in Florida, but DBPR has asked anyone who holds a professional license to beware of emails seeking personal information from the recipient.

As always, keep your guard up, ask questions, do your research, align yourself with Florida real estate professionals, and trust your “gut” if something does not seem right! At Real Estate Closing Solutions of Orlando, we are ready to help you through the entire real estate transaction process because we believe that our clients deserve the very best, personalized service. Give us a call at 407-615-8550 today!