Truckee police officers want to warn you about a scam on Craigslist involving fake vacation homes for rent.

The listings may include pictures and a lengthy description of a real house. Unsuspecting vacationers are paying in advance, usually by check or Western Union wire. The supposed landlord takes receipt of the money and when the victim shows up to the vacation rental, they find that the home is occupied by a permanent resident or that there are other renters in the home. 

 In an effort to avoid being scammed while renting a vacation home, police suggest the following;

  1. If you are looking for a place to rent, use reputable sources with verified business addresses, phone contacts, and employees. 
  2. If paying for a deposit, use a credit card that has fraud protection. 
  3. If the deal seems odd or unusual, find another property.  
  4. If you are a home owner in a tourist area, check the internet to see if your property is fraudulently listed for rent. 
  5. If you locate a scam, report the fraud to the listing source (Craigslist, Zillow) and contact the Truckee Police Department or the Federal Trade Commission.  You can make an online report directly to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.