Beware San Diego Rental Scam

San DIego rental scam
San Diego Rental Scams

I’ve had several calls this afternoon from folks who were about to be taken in by a San Diego rental scam. These callers were saved, because they drove by 335 Venetia Way and saw our For Sale sign in the yard and took the time to call.

This lovely 3-bedroom home is on the market at $389,000, but someone who calls himself “Mark” is advertising it as a $1200 month rental–which would be an outrageous bargain.

Unfortunately, this Oceanside property is not for rent, as owners will only consider a sale–and have priced it to move quickly.

I called Mark’s phone: 910-310-7984, which is a Google phone number. Left a message, and hope to hear back from him.


…and one that is not unique to San Diego real estate. I’m sure the scammer will try to get a deposit (and possibly first month’s rent) to hold the property–and that’s the last you’ll hear from him. That would leave me on the hook for sharing the sad news to those taken.

I Googled the phone number, and it appears this guy is an operator working out of who-knows-where. And although the 910 area code serves southeastern North Carolina, the fraudster could be operating almost anywhere in the world.

My advice for anyone who is looking for rentals on sites like Craigslist is to cross-check owner of the home with a real estate agent who can easily pull up tax records to verify ownership. We offer it as a free service to our clients–and would-be clients. To check, just call 877-818-8197 or 760-942-9100.

Listed below, because we receive so many requests for them, are legitimate and currently-available rentals in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, San Marcos and Vista. For rental information in other areas or if you are seeking property management, call Roberta or Scott Murphy at 760-942-9100 or 760-613-6190 or email (NOTE: Some of these listings may be vacation rentals, which we cannot filter. Apologies!)

337 Moonstone Bay Oceanside, CA 92057

4 Beds
3 Baths
2,591 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001189
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
AVAILABLE Nov 1st to lease in the Crest! This gorgeous 4 bdrm, 3 bath home offers 2,591 sq ft, downstairs bedroom & full bathroom, & one AMAZING backyard! You'll feel like you're on permanent vacation while relaxing in this private pool, spa, covered patio with tropical lush landscape. The home is highly upgraded throughout. Landscaping and pool service included in the rent. Walking distance to the golf course & a short drive to the beach. The kitchen has been completely upgraded with white custom cabinets, granite, & upgraded tile flooring. There is neutral paint throughout and upgraded vanities, cabinets and flooring in the bathrooms. The lot is over 10,000 sq ft with an incredible backyard that is perfect for entertaining. The exterior of the home has just been freshly painted and has gorgeous curb appeal. Minimum year lease. Pets allowed with restrictions. Welcome home to the Crest!

210 Woodland Parkway Unit 239 San Marcos, CA 92069

1 Bed
1 Bath
651 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001378
Property Type Condominium
Price Type --
TOURS AVAILABLE, Call to Confirm! UPSTAIRS Condo **Pets Welcome!** BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR: - 1 BD/1 BA, 651 SqFt - Granite Kitchen Counters - White Cabinets - Kitchen Appliances - Ceiling Fan - Neutral Paint - Walk-In Closet - Full-Size Washer/Dryer - Wall A/C Unit - Balcony - 1 Carport **Photos are of Model, finishes may vary** *SEE SUPP* [Supplement]: MISSION PARK COMMUNITY: - 2 Heated Pools / 2 Jacuzzis - EV Charge Ports - Lighted Tennis Court - Fitness Room - BBQ/entertaining area / Clubhouse - 2 Miles from Cal State San Marcos! Minutes to 78 and 15 freeways, groceries, shopping and dining, beaches and more. Available 11/1/2020! RENTS $1625/month with $1625 Security Deposit. Water/Trash included. Tenant pays SDG&E gas/electric. Pet Rent $30 per month per pet, 1-2 pets ok. No pet deposit! 1-2 Year Lease. Must have good credit and verifiable income 2.5x monthly rent.

6838 Pear Tree Carlsbad, CA 92011

$3,300 - 3Br/3Ba -  for Sale in Csbs, Carlsbad
3 Beds
2.5 Baths
1,428 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001386
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Super sharp 2-story 3 bedroom condo on a quiet street in Carlsbad's coastal community of Las Playas. Upgraded touches throughout, available for Nov. 1st move-in date. Walking distance close to Pacific Rim Elementary and access to community parks, swimming pool/spa and tennis courts. Minutes from Carlsbad's best beaches and shopping. Sunset views from two west-facing balconies and a relaxing private patio surrounded by succulents and tropical plants. Includes stainless Fridge and built-in microwave, does not include Washer/Dryer but hookups located in detached 2-car garage. Tenant to pay all utilities. One pet allowed (under 35 pounds), upon approval with additional $350 deposit. No showings until Nov. 1, please do not disturb current occupants. All visitors required to sign Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration (PEAD) form. Move-in requirements: First month's rent, $3,300 Security Deposit, Proof of Renter's Insurance and $35 application fee per adult occupant.

4971 Lerkas Way Oceanside, CA 92056

$3,000 - 2Br/2Ba -  for Sale in Oceanhiloh, Oceanside
2 Beds
2 Baths
1,592 SqFt
Status Active
MLS # NDP2001509
Property Type Single Family Residence
Price Type --
Furnished short-term winter rental in Ocean Hills Country Club, 55+ paradise! Minimum 4-month lease, utilities are not included. $4000 Security Deposit. Detached Acadia floor plan on pie-shaped lot with spacious patio and putting green! Handsome tile and wood flooring. Remodeled kitchen. Remodeled master bathroom. Vinyl dual-paned windows. No smokers. Owners may consider one dog. Gated community. Includes clubhouse (currently closed due to COVID), 18-hole golf course with no green fees, tennis courts, pickle-ball courts, bocce, and numerous common interest clubs.