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SCAM ALERT from the

Maryland Department of Labor

February 26, 2021

Licensee Alert! Fake E-mail Regarding Your License Renewal and Personal Information

We recently learned about an e-mail scam potentially targeting our customers and claiming to have been sent from our agency. As one of our licensees or stakeholders, you may have received this fraudulent e-mail containing the subject line, “Maryland Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Important Notices.” The e-mail warns of “delay and future problems” in renewing a 2021 license if you do not click a link in the message urging you to “validate your profile.”

This e-mail is a scam.

If you received the e-mail, please delete it immediately and do not click on the link it contains. The Maryland Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will never ask you to provide us with personal information through e-mail, such as your:

·     Updated licensee profile data or password

·     Social security number or tax identification number

·     Bank account or credit card information

·     Answers to any ID questions like your mother’s maiden name

Also, we will never direct you to contact a third-party payment processor like Western Union or ask you to download any attachments in order to renew your license or update your record.

Reset your password if you clicked the VALIDATE PROFILE HERE link in the e-mail.

If you received the fake e-mail and were not able to spot it as a phishing attempt, you may have clicked the suspicious link in the message. If you did, please take the following steps:

1.  Visit your board or commission’s website and follow the instructions to reset your password on our secure servers. From our homepage, you can find a list of all of our units along the left sidebar. If you are unsure about how to navigate your board/commission’s menu items, please contact them directly via e-mail.

2.  Change your password on any other sites where you use the same password.

3.  If you think any of your financial details may have been compromised, contact your bank.

To read tips about preventing identity theft, and to learn about how to resolve errors on your credit report if your identity is stolen, please visit the website of the Maryland Department of Labor’s Financial Regulation Division.

For more information about avoiding common scams, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s help page for advice and useful resources.

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GBBR Earnestly Supports Racial Equality and Housing Equality

Over the course of the last few weeks, we have all witnessed the fear, hurt and outrage of the death of George Floyd and others, as well as the subsequent protests and riots that have followed across the country.  We recognize that racial disparities are deeply rooted in our history and unfortunately, still exist today across all aspects of society, including our industry.  We share in that grief and we stand together.

To be silent is to be complicit.  We stand as one with our members and our community in rejecting racism.  Our identity is rooted in empowering everyone in our community.  We stand for inclusion.

As the first real estate association in the country and the first organization to sign the “Equal Opportunity in Housing” statement with HUD, GBBR is committed to working with our local, state and federal leaders to create policies that address systemic racism and racial injustice.  We will speak up against racist comments and behaviors.  We pledge to proactively move towards true change.

We believe this is the time when we should be compelled to stop diagnosing what is wrong and begin to advocate and actively work for what is right.  The tragedy of these events gives us all an opportunity of reflection and renewed commitment to our core values.  For GBBR, these core values are:

We are a trusted partner We commit to equity, inclusion and diversity with our members and our community.

We choose right over easyWe stand up and speak out for what’s right – even when it’s not the easy choice.  We do not condone police brutality.

We use our leadership to implement changeWe recognize that we cannot solve a systemic problem overnight, but we are committed to making progress and to working with our elected leaders to create legislation addressing the end of this abuse and solving this systemic racism.

This recommitment to our core values is only the beginning of the critical conversations we need to have as an industry.

As an initial step, GBBR will launch a series of round table discussions for our members to openly discuss eradicating social injustice, especially in the transfer of home ownership.  In the meantime, lean on us and on each other.  We are unwavering in our support of the GBBR members and to the broader community.

– GBBR Leadership Team 

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