Placer sheriff warns of Tahoe vacation rental scams

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. (KOLO)-- The Placer County Sheriff’s Office warns people about vacation home rental scams in the Lake Tahoe area.

One involved a San Francisco Bay-area family who thought they rented a home in Tahoe Vista on Dec. 29. They paid $900 through an online money transfer website called Zelle for a rental listed on Craigslist, the sheriff’s office said. They arrived to find they could not enter the home or contact the supposed property owner.

The most recent case was Thursday in Tahoe City, also for $900 and through Craigslist.

“The scammers seem to know the area and have scoped out the homes before putting out the ads on Craigslist,” the sheriff’s office said.

The safest way is to meet people in person and make sure they are local, the sheriff’s office said.