Fraud Alert

June 26, 2017 Posting

SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AFFILIATES LLC EMPLOYMENT SCAM ALERT

Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC strongly believes in the importance of protecting personally identifiable information of all consumers. Be wary of unauthorized parties identifying themselves as a “Hiring Manager” of Sotheby's International Realty or something similar and offering potential work opportunities.

We recently have been made aware of sham Sotheby's International Realty offers through email. The scammers then may attempt to collect personal information by falsely claiming it is related to employment with Sotheby's International Realty. A victim also may be sent a bogus check to cover equipment expenses for the phony position, then are asked to wire any remaining funds back to the scammer. Once the check is discovered to be counterfeit, the thief is gone and the victim is responsible to the bank for the entire amount of the fraudulent check.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THESE TYPES OF EMAILS AND PRACTICES ARE NOT ORIGINATING FROM SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AND WE DO NOT SEEK CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS WAY.

ALL AVAILABLE JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AND OTHER REALOGY BRANDS AND BUSINESSES CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING LINK, AND ALL JOB SEEKERS SHOULD APPLY FOR A POSITION DIRECTLY THROUGH OUR SECURE ONLINE PORTAL AT: https://jobs.realogy.com/

If you have provided personally identifiable information (such as your social security number, bank numbers or credit card information) to an unauthorized party, please contact one of the following agencies to report this disclosure and receive guidance on any further actions you should take to protect your identity:

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (http://www.ftc.gov/)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (http://www.ic3.gov/)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.
  • The government agency in your country responsible for dealing with fraud.

For more information on wire-fraud scams or to report an incident, please refer to the following links:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation: http://www.fbi.gov/
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov/
  • National White Collar Crime Center: http://www.nw3c.org/
  • On Guard Online: http://www.onguardonline.gov/

 

January 26, 2015 Posting

Recently, Sotheby’s International Realty has been made aware of an On-Line Scam involving the unauthorized use of our brand name. The scam is being perpetrated by individuals using the fraudulent business name of Sotheby’s Vacation Sales located at 1201 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE. This company has no affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty, or the Sotheby’s Auction House.

This scam works by Sotheby’s Vacation Sales contacting individuals who own timeshares. The fraudster then offers an opportunity to sell that timeshare through Sotheby’s Vacation Club. (We are aware of offers to purchase timeshares in Mexico, but the scam may not be limited to these instances.) Once the individual expresses interest in selling the timeshare, the scammers will request certain payments in order to activate their account with Sotheby’s Vacation Sales. This fee is usually declared an “Activation Fee” and is a lump sum payment from the victim to Sotheby’s Vacation Sales.

If you are contacted by this firm, be advised that Sotheby’s International Realty is not associated and believe the individuals to be perpetrating a fraud. If you wish to notify the authorities about this suspected On-Line Scam, we have provided contact information below that will be useful to you.

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.
  • The government agency in your country responsible for dealing with fraud.
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