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Colorado’s mountain communities are often the target of rental scams

Carla Rosenblum said she’s been something like that before, so when she saw three women in her driveway who she didn’t recognize and one of them started taking pictures, she called the cops.

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The Summit County Sheriff’s Office was able to contact the women and said their story was as follows; they claimed to have seen his house online for rent and were just thrilled to see the property they hoped to move into after being evicted.

Rosenblum said she wasn’t sure what to believe, but either way, it looks like there’s something fishy going on with a rental scam.

She said that 9 years ago, when she was trying to sell the house, her real estate agent called her in anger because they found a rental ad on the house… which she said she had never published.

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“I was able to find the description of the house right there on Craigslist and down there and behold, there were the pictures of the interior of the house that she took for the MRS ad for the sale of the house,” explained Rosenblum.

“My understanding is that some people sent money to a bank account in Sunnyvale, California at Wells Fargo via a routing number,” she said. “I felt really bad, they used my name and everything.”

The Vail Police Department said it was receiving an increase in short-term and long-term rental and security deposit scams. Their advice is as follows:

  • Scammers often target desperate people who need housing fast.
  • Beware of a deal that sounds too good to be true.
  • Tenants should be careful not to send the first month’s rent or a security deposit to anyone they haven’t met in person.
  • Many fraudulent transactions involve the scammer requesting payment through PayPal or Zelle or other internet money transfer services. Only send money to known and trusted recipients. Those requesting payment via electronic funds or wire transfers, as opposed to known and trusted sources, should be considered suspicious.
  • If you can’t meet in person in a safe place, consider asking the owner for a US-based address to send payment to, and try to verify their identity and location.
  • Check with your bank and read the fine print about the protections in place when sending money.
  • Many scammers are successful because they operate overseas, outside of US jurisdiction. Email messages and advertisements often contain misspelled words as well as punctuation and grammatical errors.
  • If you book a vacation rental on a short-term rental by owner site, only use reputable platforms and avoid requests to make payment as a separate transaction outside of the platform.
  • If in doubt, don’t send your hard-earned money until you’re 100% sure the transaction isn’t fraudulent.

Rosenblum said she was not trying to incriminate the women in the video outside her house, but just wanted to make sure everyone was on their toes, especially right now, as people are desperately searching. housing.

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