Hackers target local homebuyers in wire fraud scam

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Hackers are targeting local homebuyers, trying to trick them out of tens of thousands of dollars. It just happened to Ponte Vedra homebuyer Jay Foard on Friday.

Foard is trying to close on a condo in Palencia.

“We could have been out $20,000, very easily,” said Foard.

Last week, Foard got an email from someone claiming to be a broker.

It had the property address of the condo in the subject line and included wire instructions.

“The next day, [I] got a note from the bank saying that they found out that – it was actually stopped because they found out the company it was going to was not a closing company. It was a limo service out of Nashville, Tennessee. And it was a fraud,” said Foard.

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