Apartment locator helping felons cover up criminal record

SAN ANTONIO — You may think your apartment complex is safe because many managers run background checks to screen out people with criminal records, but News 4 Trouble Shooter Jaie Avila made a startling discovery about those checks. With the apartment boom here in San Antonio many complexes are using apartment locator services to find new tenants. The locator can make hundreds of dollars if they get a tenant approved. That’s a big incentive for them to help cover up a renter’s criminal record or work history. Johnathan loves his new $1,525-a-month luxury apartment on San Antonio’s North side. He says he never would have qualified for it without the help of a local apartment locator service. “I am a nine time convicted felon, I’m not ashamed to say it. They knew that was my issue,” Johnathan said. On top of an extensive criminal record, Johnathan didn’t have a job. Those Read More

Don’t buy rental scam

Might be a doorbell, might be a knock. Someone is responding to the for-rent ad he or she saw online. Problem is, the place isn’t for rent. A Brockville resident shared a story like that with city police last week, which prompted the local constabulary to once again remind the public about taking precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. The ad was to be taken down from Kijiji, but there have been others in the past that have led to respondents being duped and making some sort of payment on a property that is not available. One recent fraudulent online classified ad asked the potential renter to fill out an application that included personal details such as banking and contact information as well as occupation. The scammer also requested a security deposit to go with the application. The folks who went to that home last week Read More

Rent too cheap to be true? Beware online scams, Barrie police warn

A property rental scam has returned to Barrie, police warn. Advertisements have been placed on Kijiji, Craig’s List or other similar ad posting sites with houses for rent with the price lower than market average, Barrie police say. Once conversation begins, the “landlord” states they are unable to show the property as they currently live out of town. Often the address, details of the property and interior photos are provided via email. Many of these homes have recently been listed for sale or rent and these details are obtained by the fraudsters from original listing source, police say. A discounted deposit for good faith is requested to be sent via money transfer with the understanding the keys will be mailed or dropped off to the prospective tenant. Often, when the tenant shows up, the house is occupied by an unexpected tenant or homeowner and the renter is out the deposit money with no where to live. Read More

2 Charged in Rental Scam

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. — Two suspects are in custody in connection with a scam where they pretended to own a house they rented to other people, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office. Lisa Saucedo of Tallahassee and Michael Jacobs, listed as a transient, are in custody in Hernando County on fraud charges. The sheriff’s office said they broke the realtor’s lock box to get into the house. Saucedo and Jacobs also advertised the house for rent, collected money from a prospective renter, and went as far as allowing the renter access to the home and then stole money from the renter – a single mother of four children.

What consumers need to know about identity theft

The threat from ransomware is so frightening and immediate, given the extensive coverage of last week’s attack, that it is easy to forget about another technological threat — identity theft. Identity theft occurs when a criminal hacks into your computer to steal personal data, or simply finds something useful in your mailbox, and uses it to create credit accounts in your name. While ransomware may put your photographs, correspondence, and everything on your computer hard drive at risk, identity theft can bury you with debts that aren’t yours, ruining your credit and taking years to straighten out. A new survey by Experian, one of the three credit bureaus, has found wide gaps in consumers’ awareness of the identity theft threat, and perhaps because of that, it finds gaps in consumers’ protective measures. Too complicated? Most consumers in the survey — 84% — admitted they are concerned about the security of their Read More