District Attorney Vern Pierson Issues Public Service Announcement “Enjoy Tahoe, But Don’t Be Conned”
March 24, 2016
The El Dorado County District
Attorney’s Office announces a Public Service Announcement video to educate the
public on ways to avoid being conned when you choose to rent a vacation
home on line.
El Dorado County is a vacation
destination with its beautiful lakes and rivers, award winning wineries and
year round fun in South Lake Tahoe.
However, scammers have found a way to commit fraud and spoil your vacation.
This video gives you some “dos and don’ts” when it comes to renting your dream
Scammers have created fake websites,
reviews and have even copied other websites making their site look legitimate.
Scams have included other vacation rental homes, vacant homes, and homes that
are currently being lived in by the owner. Recent statistics reveal that this
fraudulent criminal behavior is on the rise with losses in the millions
Although these cases can be difficult
to investigate and prosecute, our office employs a Real Estate Fraud Investigator to handle these complaints.
This Investigator uses advanced tracking tools, internet collaboration with
allied agencies and the private sector, coupled with search warrants, which
have been very successful in the identification of suspects.
District Attorney Vern Pierson
commented, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and this is why we
are encouraging people to watch our video and use these few basic steps before
renting a vacation home.
- Use a
rental company with a local address and a published phone number with a
tried and true history;
- Use a
credit card that will protect you for the initial payment;
with the person via the phone and confirm ownership through the County Assessor's
wire money anywhere including a legitimate bank account; and,
- IF IT SEEMS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT
the video at: https://youtu.be/d6_htOUB3mI
and view our blog at vernpierson.us.