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Electronic Signature

DocuSign is a San Francisco–based company that provides electronic signature technology and digital transaction management services for facilitating electronic exchanges of contracts and signed documents.” (Source: docusign.com).

You may have heard of it. You may have used it. It is a legitimate service. But, I suggest that if you are ever asked for your electronic signature, consider the following:

  • Is the request for a transaction in which you are already engaged — a real estate sale/purchase, legal documents, financial services, etc.? Never click on a link to a DocuSign request that just shows up unexpectedly in your inbox, even if it appears to be from someone you know. If you are not sure, contact the sender — but not by return email — to confirm the request. Scams that appear to come from DocuSign are out there.
  • You don’t have to use DocuSign if you are concerned about the security of authorizing your signature electronically. There is always the option to print the documents, sign them as required, scan them, and email them back to your realtor, lawyer, financial adviser, etc.

Guard your electronic signature carefully. Scammers want your autograph, but not because they like you.