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Prescott Valley Police Remind The Public Of Home Rental Scamming

The Prescott Valley Police Department received a call regarding a home rental scam on Tuesday. At around 2 p.m., the victim reported he found a home online that was available to rent. After reviewing the online information and application, he put down a 19-hundred dollar deposit on the home via wire transfer. After he sent the money, he drove by the home to see a family actively moving in, and knew he had been scammed. There have been multiple other reports of rental scams in Prescott Valley, especially as prices go up and the population of the community grows. The Federal Trade Commission offers tips and tricks on avoiding rental scams. Do online research beforehand, compare prices and photos on other websites, take a tour of the home, apply only through a rental company, and never pay with cash, wire transfers, or gift cards. If you or someone you know is being scammed, contact Prescott Valley Police at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, or call 911.