Email scam hawks fake Zillow leads to agents

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Inman Connect San Francisco, Jul 16-20, 2018

Real estate agents are receiving Zillow-branded emails from a scammer hawking fake leads. At least one real estate agent has been tricked into submitting credit card information for the fake leads. Zillow Group said in a statement that it recently warned agents through email and social media about the con and is "actively working with law enforcement to fight scams and spam like this." A message sent Wednesday to Realtor Kim Rockburn from an email address with the domain congratulated Rockburn on receiving "two new premium real-estate leads from ZillowAds." The email featured Zillow's logo and included details on the fake leads along with phony messages from them. It told Rockburn: "Note: You have to unlock these premium leads in order to see complete contact details." The bottom of the email featured an orange button with the come-on: "UNLOCK THESE PREMIUM LEADS FOR $5.00." Clicking the button took Rockburn to a web page with Zillow branding and a...