Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: TEXT DANGER- TEXT SCAM IN PROGRESS Against NARealtor Members re: Fines

TEXT DANGER- TEXT SCAM IN PROGRESS Against NARealtor Members re: Fines

NARealtor Members re: Fines

Received this email today as the Broker of our company ---

Seems the crooks always come up with new ways to scam people. Of course, in this case, wouldn't the person paying think that they HAD done something wrong??? Hmmm ...


TO: Georgia Association Executives

CC: GAR Executive Committee, GAR Board of Directors

FROM: Deb Junkin, CEO


RE: Text Message Scam

Late yesterday I was made aware of a new scam being sent via text message to members. The sender claims to be the incoming NAR CEO, Bob Goldberg. 

The text message claims that the member has violated the Code of Ethics and is followed by another text with a link to Paypal directing them to pay a fine ($400-$1000). 

NAR has been made aware of this issue and is investigating.
Please share this [information with others you know].


[...] if you [...] have received the scam text, please forward the information to NAR General Counsel, Katie Johnson. Her contact information is below. 

Katie Johnson, General Counsel & Senior Vice President,
Association Leadership Development, Board Policy & Legal Affairs


​Thank you in advance for your assistance in getting the word out.
My best,  Deb

Debra S. Junkin, RCE, Chief Executive Officer
Georgia REALTORS®, 6065 Barfield Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30328
678.597.4116 (Direct Line)  770.458.6992 (Fax)



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Comment balloon 10 commentsLynn B. Friedman • August 01 2017 03:41PM


Well everyone else are being scammed I guess it is our turn.   Always check with creditor before paying

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 2 years ago

Hi Lynn B. Friedman, this is just awful. They weren't really smart with the scam though, who would send money based on a text message. 

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) over 2 years ago

Thank you for the information. I was not aware of this scam.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing one of the latest scams being circulated, Lynn!  There's no end to scammer creativity.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 2 years ago

Don't you just wish they turned their talents to better and more productive things, Lynn B. Friedman?  Definitely helps to be aware of these possibilities regarding scams ... thank you for the heads up!


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) over 2 years ago

Good afternoon Lynn - thanks for sharing this.  This scams come by email, phone and text.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Lynn good heads up to your fellow Georgia Realtors.  I am sure some will end up falling for this, because they did not pick up the phone and call your local GAR office.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Lynn it never ends, does it. I don't know who would actually think a message like that was NOT a scam but it does happen.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) over 2 years ago

I hope everyone understands this is not the purview of NAR to make people aware of ethics violations. FYI, Bob is a great guy.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

You are right the scammers are thinking of new ways to scam and people keep falling for these scams.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago