ClosingLock is a service for companies to use to securely share wire transfer instructions and other documents with their customers (residential or commercial buyers and lenders). According to the FBI, real estate wire fraud increased by 5000% in 2017. ClosingLock is here to combat wire transfer fraud.
ClosingLock is for closing companies (e.g. title companies, attorney offices) and property buyers/lenders. Closing companies simply select the wire transfer instructions they are trying to share with their customers (buyers and lenders). The buyers and lenders simply log into ClosingLock using their email address and select their closing company in order to retrieve the wire transfer instructions. Everyone (including real estate agents) can rest assured knowing buyers and lenders are receiving authentic wire transfer instructions from their closing company.
We provide a web-based service for securely communicating wire transfer instructions (and other documents) to buyers and lenders. Most closing companies rely on emails or phone calls to communicate wire transfer instructions and any other documents. Unfortunately, emails and phone calls are easily hacked and spoofed. While those options are great for communicating insecure information, sensitive information such as wire transfer instructions should be transmitted securely using our website. Using ClosingLock helps eliminate the threat of phishing attacks on unsuspecting buyers.
Encrypting email is almost as old as email itself and there are many protocols and implementations. While it is difficult for a hacker to modify an encrypted email, this does not solve the major issue of spoofing emails. An encrypted email that is spoofed looks the same as a legitimate encrypted email. Therefore, nothing has been accomplished in trying to prevent fraudulent wire transfer emails. Furthermore, encrypting emails adds overhead to both closing companies and buyers/lenders by requiring passwords and encryption keys. See our white paper for more information: The Myths, Dangers, and Risks of Encrypted Email in Real Estate
You can try. Unfortunately, many closing companies think phone calls prevent wire transfer fraud. Just like emails, phone calls are spoofed and faked. Hackers are actively sending buyers and lenders incorrect phone numbers via email or text to call to 'verify' the wire transfer instructions. When the buyer/lender calls, the hacker provides the hacked account information. Meanwhile, the hacker also contacts the closing company pretending to be the buyer/lender. Hackers do this so the closing company does not realize the buyer/lender has not received the information. Unfortunately, the addition of phone calls has done little to protect the buyer.
That's a great step in trying to protect the buyer and lender. However, most buyers and lenders either forget to independently verify the number or are too lazy. If the buyer or lender is already expecting a phone number to call for the wire transfer instructions, then they are unsuspecting when a fraudulent phone number arrives via text or email. Closing companies and buyers/lenders can avoid all of this complexity and overhead by simply using ClosingLock.
Sure, and most closing companies try to make their customers aware of the dangers of wire fraud via multiple outlets such as warnings, waivers, and email signatures. Unfortunately, the buying experience is overwhelming for many people and they become victims of wire fraud even though they were warned ahead of time. Over 50% of recent buyers are still unaware of wire fraud in real estate. Regardless of fault, nobody in the process wants to see a buyer or lender lose their payment. ClosingLock prevents the need to extensively educate every buyer and lender on the risk of wire fraud.
Why reinvent the wheel? Closing companies are experts at closing real estate transactions, but we are experts at providing secure wire transfer instructions. Let us handle the worry and hassle of server maintenance, hosting, administration, privacy, and security. Proprietary systems cost more, have more bugs, and are less secure than standardized systems like ClosingLock. Read more here.
We're glad you asked! Our low-cost, tiered pricing model works for any size closing company. We charge per file and invoicing occurs monthly. It's a very small price to pay to eliminate wire fraud. Contact us for more information: [email protected]
Perfect! ClosingLock is built to scale for any size client. We have customers ranging from single companies with one location to many companies spread across many states each with multiple branches. Our solution is perfect for any size company.
Surprisingly, no. In order to protect the integrity of our site, we must verify each company that wants to use our service. This typically involves research on our side in addition to a short phone call. We do this to prevent hackers from signing up for our service pretending to be a closing company to defraud buyers and lenders.
First, a closing company provides us their wire transfer instructions which we securely store in our system. From then on, a closing company User needs only the email address of the buyer/lender and the file number (i.e. file reference number). Once the User enters the email address and file number, and selects the appropriate wire instructions (and uploads any other documents), our service emails the buyer/lender to let them know their wire transfer instructions are available. As mentioned, email is great for communicating insecure data (i.e. notice of information being available); our secure service is great for communicating sensitive data (i.e. wire transfer instructions). In addition, we CC the closing company User on every notification we send to the buyer/lender to increase transparency and simplify recordkeeping for the closing company.
No account or registration is necessary for a buyer or lender! Once the closing company User adds a buyer or lender to the system (outlined above), the buyer or lender simply logs in by entering their email address and choosing their closing company from a dropdown menu. Closing company Users can view if/when a buyer/lender has logged in to view their instructions. This allows closing companies to monitor for any potential delays in closing.
Our site works great on mobile, too, so buyers can access their wire transfer instructions directly from their phone at the bank!
An Admin is a type of User with addition privileges. Both Admins and Users can add new buyers/lenders to the system, as well as remove and notify buyers/lenders already entered. When an Admin/User adds a buyer or lender, they select the appropriate wire instructions from a drop down menu. No Admin or User can add, remove, or modify wire transfer instructions.
Admins can also add or remove other Admins and Users. The number of Admins and Users is determined by the closing company Admin(s). When a closing company account is created, a single Admin is created for that account. Note: we recommend providing Admin access to as few people as necessary.
Simply contact us to begin a risk-free 30-day trial. Use our service for as many or as few transactions as you'd like. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, cancel anytime.