Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nope... I was aware of the malware on many thumb drives quite some time ago... so don't use any that are given out and certainly don't give any out.

Jan 12, 2022 07:28 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yes, received as a gift and Yes, given as a gift - but they are created by me and hand delivered, not mailed, so still a safe practice in my business.

Jan 12, 2022 07:23 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

I have never given one and haven't received one in forever.

Jan 12, 2022 06:55 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Good info! Thanks for sharing Candice A. Donofrio !  I have never given such a thing as a gift and haven't received one in ages. 

Jan 12, 2022 05:55 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

No I don't and didn't realize people did give them as gifts

Jan 12, 2022 08:24 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope, thankfully.

Jan 12, 2022 07:19 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

well hell! Just another thing to worry about. I thought that nobody uses those things anymore. Guess I am wrong. 

Jan 12, 2022 07:12 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I do not. My closing attorney does put all the documents on a thumb drive. I'm sure like everything else, those will be outdated at some point.

Jan 12, 2022 06:36 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Candice, there were years I put all the clients' docs from closing on them, but now title emails them.   Haven't used a thumb drive in years.

Jan 12, 2022 06:14 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I believe that you have misinterpreted the message in the linked article. The article says: “A cybercrime group has been mailing out USB thumb drives in the hope that recipients will plug them into their PCs and install ransomware on their networks, according to the FBI.” If you gave a memory stick to someone who knows you, or you received one from a known party, it seems there would be no danger in using the memory stick. It would be a good excuse to for a quick phone call between the parties to verify the legitimacy of the gift. Receiving an unexpected memory stick from an unknown and unexpected source should be treated the same as the numerous phishing emails that we all receive.

Jan 12, 2022 08:34 AM
Peter Mohylsky 850-517-7098
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Not is along time.  I have several unused if anyone want one

Jan 12, 2022 06:58 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

We used to drop them in the parking lot as part of our security training to see if anyone would plug them in or report them.  The mailing is a new trick, probably because so many offices are closed now.  But dropping thumb drives has been around for a LONG time.  If memory serves, this goes back to the floppy disk days.


Just to add fuel to the fire, years ago there were attacks where public USB chargers were compromised to load malware onto your devices when you plugged them in to charge.

Jan 12, 2022 09:26 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I purchased thumb drives from the store and from time to time will put transaction files on them and give them to my client. I do not mail them. 

Never received one in the mail as a gift, or otherwise. 

Jan 12, 2022 08:50 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

No not received or given.  And sure won't do so now!

Jan 12, 2022 08:40 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes I have.
Yes I do.
Can't go back to CDs.
Have I plugged in a USB drive from a source I do not know? NOPE.
Have I clicked links on web sites? Yep.
Have I clicked links in emails? Yep.
Have I answered a phone call that displayed "LIKELY SCAM?" Yep.
Do I have a recovery plan? Yep. RAID and GoDaddy I think keeps me covered.
Have I ever had to go to the recovery plan due to virus? Nope.

Jan 12, 2022 06:35 AM
Karen Climer
Demetree School of Real Estate - Orlando, FL
Teaching people to pass the real estate exam

I saw a thumb drive on the ground in the office parking lot the other day.  It made me think of cybercriminals.  Most likely an agent or someone else dropped it, but who knows...

Jan 12, 2022 12:30 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I thought they went out.  It used to be the next big thing.  Thank you for the heads up.  A

Jan 12, 2022 09:24 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Back in the 90's we used to get discs and drives in the mail, with the internet this is no longer a marketing ploy worth using.

I suspect that these scammers are seeking out victims that are not that tech savvy.

Jan 12, 2022 11:17 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have not gifted any, but have received them (from trusted sources) some time ago, not recently. Thanks for the warning, 

Jan 12, 2022 01:35 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

got one from an association gathering, but no malware on it.

Jan 12, 2022 01:09 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Call me cynical but unexpected gifts always give me pause and I will put it in File-13 every single time. Nothing is freely given unless it's unconditional love, true friendship, sincere hugs and kisses! 💋

Jan 12, 2022 11:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Nina Hollander, Broker nailed it. And this non-techie is all in.

Jan 13, 2022 04:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

This is a BIG deal, Candice and I wondered if someone would post this info here. We all need to make our clients keenly aware of this. Sadly, especially our elderly clients, who seem to be the culprits in the latest scams.

Jan 12, 2022 07:59 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker



If I did, I would throw it into the round file.

Jan 12, 2022 06:48 PM
Joe D'Agostino
NMLS# 729950 - Manahawkin, NJ
Mortgage Officer 46 years!

Retired after 51 years as a Licensed Mortgage Banker. I have found that a year subscription to Consumer Reports has been the best after closing gift. My clients get it every month and I can renew if I want. Also, if I do renew, I always get a thank you call. This allows me to ask for referrals. . Consumer Reports Back Issue November 2021 (Digital) -

Jan 17, 2022 03:51 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Thanks for the warning Candice A. Donofrio !

Jan 13, 2022 04:14 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Why does this not surprise me?! Good to know...just one more thing to be concerned about.

Jan 12, 2022 08:34 PM