Roseville renter helps police bust scam

A Roseville woman is accused of allegedly portraying she had a house for rent and taking money from potential renters.

According to a Roseville police report, two different would-be renters responded to a Craigslist ad for a house for rent in the Cherry Glen neighborhood. They completed the application forms and paid application fees to the suspect.

However, one of the individuals became suspicious and checked out the house purportedly for rent. She learned the homeowners lived in the home and were selling it, not renting it. They also didn't know the person advertising the home as for rent and hadn't authorized anyone to put it up for rent.

Police investigated and arrested 23-year-old Krissi Peede for fraud and other alleged crimes.

Roseville police released advice on how to spot a real estate scam: You need to verify all information in a real estate advertisement. Cross-search other real estate websites to see if the same property is listed with a different agent and pricing information. Visit the home in person and make sure all the information you've been given is accurate and consistent.

Additionally, be wary of listings that are far below market value for the area. Also, don't provide personal information or pay fees to someone before seeing the property.


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