Blog :: 03-2018

Wire Fraud is Close to Home

Wire Fraud can affect all of us, and we want to make sure you don't become a victim.  It essentially boils down to one simple thing - if you receive a request to 'wire money' to anyone, pause and make sure to verify the source.  What is happening, is the wire fraud scammers are creating emails that fully replicate those that might otherwise look familiar to you, for instance, from us, your attorney, or lender.  They will send you a personal email requesting that you "wire funds for your closing", or other, only to be ultimately routed to a bogus account.  This has actually happened recently to a buyer and the representing real estate firm, in the region.  So, be aware, be vigilant, and if you ever receive any correspondence that appears to come from us or your attorney, please contact us immediately.  One of the ways you can flesh out this illegal procedure, is by looking at the actual email address in the email header.  In other words, if it looked like the email was coming from us - The Smith Macdonald Group - look to the right of that to see the actual address in parenthesis.  If it's a scam, the email address will not be a familiar one.  This rule of thumb can be applied to other potential junk mail or email scams, from the likes of Pay Pal, Amazon, etc., asking you to 'verify your account information', for instance.   Another tip is to not generate any sensitive information via email, including attaching instructions for wiring money into any of your or others accounts.  This information can be scraped, and used illegally.  Also make sure you have the proper Malwear protection on your computer to help identify cyber threats.
 

180 Hidden Valley Road, Stowe VT - For Sale

 

Aptly named Hidden Valley Road you will see all of Stowe Hollow valley, with the Worcester Range and Stowe Pinnacle showing off their spectacular sunrises and sunsets, from the expansive deck of this contemporary home. The WOW factor starts as you ascend the beautifully crafted wooden stairs to find an open floor plan, spectacular views from large windows, a stone fireplace, two sitting areas surrounding a large dining area, and to top it off, a gourmet cook’s kitchen. 
A large first floor master suite offers a well appointed bath and a huge walk in closet. The deck extends all around the front of the house including the master bedroom. This spacious home offers a remarkable upstairs, with a large sitting area between three more bedrooms and two large bathrooms. Find quiet enjoyment in the library/office. Luxury is the keyword for this home. Inside and out, the Sellers have paid attention to detail with custom cabinets, bookcases, polished cherry floors, a stone patio with a fire pit and hot tub. Perennial flower beds accent the lawn and a beautiful tree lined driveway meanders to the home. Versatility abounds in this home, and appeals to those who love views, open spaces, and luxury. A must see to get the feel of all its advantages.

For more information on this gorgeous property, you can visit our website.

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    She Put the S in The Smith Macdonald Group

    Peggy Smith is the Heart and Soul of the Smith Macdonald Group, and is the owner of Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate.  The Group was formed when Mckee joined Peggy in 2010.  It grew again when Maggie joined in 2016.  They have been #1 in the Stowe market for the past 3 years.

    The Smith Macdonald Group has consistently led the market, largely due to the reputation Peggy has built over the years, and her sheer hard work.  Peggy still works as much as she has, since she started in the real estate business over 40 years ago, so, she's ready to help with any transaction related to buying or selling. 

    Peggy can be reached at (802) 793-3566, or Peggy@Stowere.com.