ROSEVILLE, Calif. (KTXL) – The Roseville Police Department says they are seeing a local boom in the housing market and in response are informing the community about the rise of rental scams in the area.
It’s no surprise, desperation for finding a home in these Placer and Sacramento County neighborhoods is at an all-time high, scammers know this and they are getting better at coming up with ways of stealing money.
“This is one of the most under-reported scams that are out there right now because of how highly competitive this market is,” said public information officer Rob Baquera.
Baquera says for about two weeks Roseville detectives have received multiple phone calls about people claiming they were scammed out of buying or renting a new home.
“Ultimately, what they’re trying to get is deposit money, personal identification, credit cards, social security numbers,” Baquera said.
According to Roseville police, scammers will pretend to be landlords who hijack and alter property listings online. They’ll ask for a deposit before the lease is signed or pull a classic bait-and-switch with a different property.
It’s advised to watch out for listings that are below market prices, sellers or agents that are out of the country, and phantom rentals which are places that don’t exist or are already occupied.
Baquera says to also be careful of where you’re seeing these…