Is That Email Really From NAR? How You Can Tell

March 14, 2019

Once in a while, you might get an email that looks like it’s from the National Association of REALTORS® but really isn’t. Like so many other phishing scams, these emails mimic official correspondence from a trusted source so they can get one of two things from you: personal data or credit card info. How do you know if it’s really from NAR? Here are a few ways to check.

  • Look at the return email address. If it says something like “NAR-yahoo.com,” it’s not from NAR. Association emails only come from the realtors.org address.
  • Hover your cursor over any file attachments, links, or buttons. When you do that, a box will open that provides the location of the file. If it’s from NAR, the URL path will make that clear. If it’s not, it will consist of a string of letters and numbers because the sender is using obscure platforms.

It’s also helpful to know that NAR never asks for donations on behalf of individuals. Any donations the association seeks is through the REALTORS® Relief Foundation, and these are for broad causes such as relief efforts after a tornado, hurricane, fire, or earthquake.

The latest Voice for Real Estate video offers tips for identifying scams that try to exploit NAR, including what to look for and resources at nar.realtor to get more detailed guidance. The video also looks at why the latest moves by the Federal Reserve could help home sales just as spring arrives, what steps Congress can take to ease affordability woes, and the competitive factors brokerage firms are facing today. The video also looks at NAR’s new national ad campaign, which puts the focus on how the Code of Ethics differentiates REALTORS® from real estate agents.