Information Security and Wire Transfer Fraud are critical topics for the land title insurance and settlement industry. Wire Transfer Fraud is a threat to every title operation regardless of size, location or years in business. ALTA’s priority is helping you protect your systems, plan for a rapid response in case of an incident, and prepare your employees, clients and customers to be aware and vigilant.

Industry Standard Policies and Tools

Employee Training and Awareness

Resources for Your Clients and Consumers

    • Wire Fraud Tips Video: Share this 1-minute video with homebuyers so they know how to protect their money.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud Video: This 2-minute video provides four tips on how consumers can protect their money and offers advice on what to do if they have been targeted by a scam. Link to this video from your website, include in your email or share on social media.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud Infographic: ALTA has produced this Rack Card explaining Wire Fraud. ALTA Members can brand the infographic with their own information at the ALTAprints website.
    • ALTA Wire Fraud PowerPoint for Consumer Education: (Member-only content) Use this presentation to educate consumers about the dangers of phishing emails and wire transfer fraud. The presentation provides information on what to do if you’ve fallen victim to a scam and also highlights 10 tips to prevent wire fraud.

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New Critical Microsoft Outlook RCE Bug is Trivial to Exploit
Bleeping Computer  |  February 23, 2024

An ALTA member could receive a phishing email with a specifically crafted hyperlink in the body of the email that utilizes and takes advantage of this Outlook vulnerability. Clicking on the malicious link bypasses Outlook’s existing security mechanisms and can lead to the leakage of local NTLM credentials (protocol used in networks that require user authentication) and the potential for arbitrary code execution. Microsoft recommends applying the recently released security updates as soon as possible to mitigate this critical vulnerability.

 Fresh Phish: Microsoft OneDrive Document
February 22, 2024

It's important for title and settlement professionals to be aware of the latest phishing schemes. To help with this, ALTA has developed an infographic that highlights different phishing emails, what the fraudsters are attempting to do and how to spot the bait. This "fresh phish" attempts to steal Office 365 credentials to sell them or gain access to your email account. It's important to never approve multi-factor authentication requests that you didn't initiate.

Google Cracking Down Against Spammers to Protect Gmail Users
Forbes  |  February 14, 2024

Starting in February, Google and Yahoo started requiring Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) policies to be enabled or they will start rejecting email. It's recommended ALTA members' IT managed service provider (MSP) or internal IT teams start checking their email domain policies to get a head of any potential Google or Yahoo email delivery issues.

Deepfake Video Conference Convinces Employee to Send $25M to Scammers
SC Media  |  February 14, 2024

A deepfake phishing scam cost a multinational company more than $25 million after an employee was fooled by digital imitations of his colleagues on a conference call.

Cybersecurity Advisory: Top 10 Cybersecurity Misconfigurations
February 6, 2024

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a cybersecurity advisory that highlights the most common cybersecurity misconfigurations in large organizations, and details the tactics, techniques and procedures actors use to exploit these misconfigurations.