The Trusted Adviser

July 2016 | Volume 9 - Number 7

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Cyber Fraud in Real Estate Escalating

Title Agents in the Crosshairs

Henry L. Shulruff photoAt the risk of repeating ourselves, this issue of The Trusted Adviser again focuses on cyber security and offers guidance to you and your staff on how to spot fraudulent email schemes. We cannot overstate the seriousness of these risks. They happen every day and if you aren't vigilant, you run the very real risk of being victimized.

We recently held three Town Hall gatherings in the Chicago area and three in downstate Illinois where we had the pleasure of meeting with some of our most active and engaged ATG agents. One of the topics we covered was protecting your law practice and your clients from theft by recognizing cyber scams and following Best Practices (i.e., setting up private domains and encrypting emails). We have concrete examples of title agents, attorneys, and lenders who have lost millions of dollars due to fraudulent emails and not having safeguards in place. Cyber criminals are targeting the title insurance industry, regulators have taken note, and we must make sure we're doing our part to prevent loss. Read more...

Henry L. Shulruff
ATG Senior Vice President – Business Development

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ATTORNEYS | Practice Notes


Subdivisions, Homeowners' Associations and Plats: Bixeman v. Hunter's Run Homeowners Association — Homeowner association did not follow the process outlined in the Declaration regarding requirements to impose sanctions against homeowners, thus the sanctions were invalid.

Mortgage Foreclosure: KNA Family LLC v. Fazio — Where the mortgage agreement stipulates that a certain State's law shall govern certain provisions under the contract, counterclaims brought under such State's laws are valid, regardless of whether an action has occurred in another State where the property is located.

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