October 20, 2021
Business

Sylvia text offers likely a phishing scam amid hot real estate market

Homeowners are receiving texts from a person claiming to be “Sylvia” asking if they still own their home at a certain address and if they’d be willing to sell. 

And because the texts are so specific, it’s making people do a double take or even respond.

“They sound and act legit but how do they know me and my address, and if I say ‘Yes’ what are they gonna do?” Brian Kirby, an attorney with Ballard Spahr said. 

He’s received dozens of calls over the years to buy his out-of-state home and now has been texted by “Sylvia” in Sioux Falls. He’s not alone. Dozens of people have shared on social media how oddly specific the text is and how it asks about selling their home.

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