There has been an explosion in the criminal targeting of real estate closings through the use of hacked email accounts to send fraudulent instructions to transfer large amounts of money intended to purchase real estate into the criminals' accounts, rather than into the legitimate accounts intended by the parties. The imposters impersonate people involved in the closing transaction via email to gain trust and orchestrate the fraudulent transfer.
On the game show "Family Feud," the host regularly declares, "Survey says!" The phrase has been around so long it is ingrained in America's cultural consciousness. Unfortunately, this type of survey is of no help when the issue you are dealing with is a major real estate deal in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana or Michigan.