Sheriffs Department issues warning on rental scam artist

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday sought the public’s help in identifying a woman running a scam on people renting out rooms.

The woman responds to classified advertisements, such as those on Craigslist, and says she would like to put a deposit down — usually $200 — after viewing the available room.

Sheriff’s Detective Michelle Craig said the woman then explains she has a check from her previous landlord, usually for $800, and asks her victims to deposit the check in their bank accounts for her. When they agree, the victim and the scammer head to the bank together and the victim keeps the deposit amount and hands the woman the rest, Craig said.

The bank eventually learns the supposed landlord’s check was a fraud and the woman is never heard from again, according to the detective.

She has victimized at least five people, authorities said.

Craig said she is white or Hispanic in her mid-30s and about 5 feet 2 inches tall with a heavy build, short dark hair and dark eyes. She generally uses public transportation, Craig said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Craig at (760) 510-5238.

Related posts:

  1. Telephone scam targets elderly
  2. Miramar issues noise warning
  3. Solana Beach money trader sentenced in currency scam
  4. Animal Center issues Easter warning
  5. Community View: Banking industry’s integrity quickly deteriorating

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=6729

Posted by on Jun 9, 2010. Filed under Archives. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]