Watch out estate agents, there’s a Chinese email hacker about

first_imgAn email hacker in China appears to be targeting UK agents in a bid to spread a computer virus via emails sent from bogus ‘buyers’ pretending to be interested in properties for sale, it has been reported.The Property Ombudsman (TPO) is warning all estate and letting agents to be vigilant after a TPO member was targeted by the individual.The agency, which has not been named, was contacted by a Chinese buyer who expressed keen interest in a property for sale.But when the agent became suspicious about the buyer’s wish to purchase the property quickly and without seeing it, he challenged the individual to supply identification documents before the purchase could proceed any further.He agent told TPO that documents sent over by the Chinese individual were difficult to open and, after passing them to their IT department, it was confirmed the documents contained malware including a series of “potentially destructive viruses”, TPO says.“Fortunately in this case, the scam was identified and no company or customer details were compromised.,” says Gerry Fitzjohn, Board Chairman for TPO commented.“However, this is a reminder to all agents to be both cautious and vigilant. The importance of antivirus software is a given, but it is not a guarantee against computer viruses, so the best defence is also an educated user.“If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. We would urge all agents to circulate this warning amongst staff.” gerry fitzjohn The Property Ombudsman TPO September 15, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Watch out estate agents, there’s a Chinese email hacker about previous nextRegulation & LawWatch out estate agents, there’s a Chinese email hacker aboutTPO warns of serious threat from Chinese individual pretending to enquire about properties for sale but intending to use identity documents to spread viruses.Nigel Lewis15th September 20170907 Viewslast_img read more