Rightmove and Zillow Scams Reported

August 20, 2020
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Last week we reported on a phishing scam affecting a feed to Zoopla from an agency site where criminals fraudulently obtained agents’ login details and aimed to steal house hunter details via a fake listing on the portal. This week a similar scam has come to light, this time affecting Rightmove. The portal has written to its agent customers this week warning them of fraudsters writing to them pretending to be Rightmove, the unsuspecting agent clicks through to a fake version of Rightmove’s agent suite where they input their security information. It is not known if the latest scam and the one affecting Zoopla are related, but Rightmove has urged agents to send them any emails they suspect of being fraudulent.

The Zillow scam reported yesterday involved a property in Lincoln Nebraska being uploaded to the portal as a rental listing despite being occupied. The listing was brought to the attention of the portal after users spotted an unusually high price. It is not immediately clear who posted the listing or how they stood to benefit from it.

Phishing is big business and according to a recent report has accounted for $26 billion in losses globally between 2016 and 2019. As trusted companies that treat personal information and advertise marquee purchases, portals are always likely to be targeted, and as such these attacks are nothing new but rather a reminder to stay vigilant.

August 20, 2020
Edmund got to know the world of portals and marketplaces working at Mitula Group (which became Lifull Connect after the buyout in 2018). He worked directly with hundreds of portals across the world in his role in the content department for three and a half years before transferring to the SEO department to understand the inner workings of listings sites. He joined Online Marketplaces as Head of Content in March 2020.

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