The Turlock Police Department has issued a warning for residents about a rental scam that has been making the rounds online in January.
Over the course of the month the police department took five reports of rental fraud that were eventually linked by an investigator to one individual, who lives outside the United States.
The scammer was posting local properties on social media and other third-party rental websites as being for rent, but in reality, the properties were already occupied and/or not for rent, according to the police department.
At least with the five cases reported to the police department, the victims lost significant amounts of money to the scammer.
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