It’s not only renters who need to beware, Brnovich said. Landlords looking to lease their property should be aware of individuals offering to pay deposits or rent with certified funds in excess of the actual amount owed, and requesting the excess funds be wired back to the renter, the news release said. In such situations, landlords should return the check or wait until the certified funds have cleared their account before returning any excess funds.

If you believe you have been the victim of consumer fraud, you can file a complaint online at azag.gov/complaints/consumer. If you need a complaint form sent to you, call (520) 628-6648.

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