Landlord Impersonation

In this scam, which has become more frequent as the number of vacant and foreclosed homes increases, a person pretending to be the property owner rents a home to a prospective tenant and asks for first- and last-month’s rent and a security deposit in cash. All this money will be lost and the “tenants” can be evicted when the real property owner shows up. Before renting, prospective tenants should call the San Diego County Assessor’s Office to make sure the person renting the property is the real owner. You can call its public information number, (619) 236-3771, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get the property owner’s name.