COVID-19 Update: March 22nd, 2022 & Job Posting Fraud Alert
COVID-19 Update: March 22nd, 2022
The Commission is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and will make on-going reassessments of our policies based on recommendations and guidelines from Public Health. Any changes to our decisions will be communicated to the industry via news bulletins. For now, the Commission has the following updates to our COVID-19 policies:
April Licensing Exam
Students will still be required to wear masks and complete the COVID-19 screening declaration the day before the exam, but will no longer be required to provide proof of full vaccination.
May Licensing Exam
Students will still be required to complete the COVID-19 screening declaration. At this time, masks are strongly recommended, but not required.
Public and licensee access to the Commission office is by appointment only. All staff and visitors are required to wear masks, and visitors must complete the COVID-19 screening declaration in advance.
Job Posting Fraud Alert
The Commission is alerting the industry to be aware of a new job posting fraud. The fraudster is posing on an online job postings site as a real estate brokerage in Nova Scotia looking for a new office assistant. In this case, an individual responded to the posting, and later communicated with the fraudster via Skype and by phone, before becoming suspicious, and contacting the actual brokerage, who confirmed the job posting was illegitimate.
The job posting had the following red flags:
- The fraudster claimed to work for the brokerage but was not one of the brokerage's licensees. (If you want to see if someone is licensed, you can use the Commission's Licensee Search.)
- The fraudster did use the correct website and physical address, but the phone number was one digit off.
- The email used a "realtyagent" domain instead of the brokerage's usual email address.
If you are contacting a brokerage regarding a job posting that you feel is at all suspicious, do not provide them with any personal information until you reach out to them using a different method of communication to ensure it is legitimate.
If you believe a fraud has occurred, notify the police.