Police warn of Lake Tahoe rental scam

Police say an Internet scam is targeting people seeking vacation rentals near Lake Tahoe.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department says fake postings on legitimate vacation rental sites are advertising properties in South Lake Tahoe.

People interested the properties are sent a rental agreement by email and asked to asked to wire money to an account.

Victims think they’ve made a reservation, but they discover the arrangement was a scam when they arrive.

KOLO-TV reports (http://bit.ly/15ryE4Q ) at least three families have been victimized by the scheme.

Police say the suspects use different identities in the postings but often use the same cellphone number on the rental agreement.

Police ask area homeowners and rental companies to watch travel websites for fake postings involving their properties.


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