First-time homebuyer, Krista Gartelos, wired her $20,801 cash-to-close to fraudulent account. Despite planning on bringing a certified check to closing, the cyber criminals convinced Krista to send her funds to a fraudulent account via wire transfer.
January 12, 2022
5:00 - The details of the fraud/Krista's home buying journey
12:30 - Krista talks about how she never intended to send a wire until the fraudster convinced her otherwise
18:10 - The emails chain between Krista and the fraudster
28:50 - Krista explains what it felt like when she found out she had wired her life savings to a fraudulent account
38:15 - Krista's message to real estate professions who are facilitating the transactions day-to-day
39:35 - Key learnings and takeaways