A rise in scams involving home rentals and pets has prompted authorities in Ventura County to issue a warning cautioning people when making purchases or conducting business online.
“The scammers will request payment or deposits upfront and promise delivery,” said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “They will then request additional payments for shipping or other types of fees, often with the promise that the money will be refunded at a future date.”
The victims are left waiting and those sets of keys or pets never show up, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The following are some of the common indicators of a scam:
- The person you are in communication with will only talk through email or text;
- You are asked to send money through an app such as Zelle or Venmo to an account with an email address different than the one you have been communicating with;
- There is some sort of urgency or deal that can only happen if you…