A rise in scams involving home rentals and pets has prompted authorities in Ventura County to issue a warning cautioning people when making purchases or conducting business online.
“The scammers will request payment or deposits upfront and promise delivery,” said the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. “They will then request additional payments for shipping or other types of fees, often with the promise that the money will be refunded at a future date.”
The victims are left waiting and those sets of keys or pets never show up, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The following are some of the common indicators of a scam: