Tahoe Vacation Rental Scams On The Rise

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 28, 2016 / comments

[by Sebastian Foltz]  A cheap offer on a vacation rental. Who can resist? A long weekend at Lake Tahoe with a last-minute deal would be hard to pass up.

But the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office warns: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Office spokesman Dave Stevenson said the district attorney has seen a significant rise in vacation rental scams in the region within the last year. In response, the office released a YouTube webisode on the topic this week along with suggestions on the proper precautions visitors can take.

“It’s a big problem,” Stevenson said. “There’s been a big spike.”

According to South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the city alone saw 35 reported cases of rental fraud between October 2015 and January of this year.

“It’s been horrible,” Kathy Jo Liebhardt of Tahoe Destination Vacation Rentals said.

Two of her company’s larger properties have been used in numerous fraud cases. One group paid a scammer $8,000 for a fraudulent reservation. Often, victims don’t realize the scam until...

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