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.
BEWARE: THIS IS A RENTAL SCAM
…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 email@example.com (NOTE: Some of these listings may be vacation rentals, which we cannot filter. Apologies!)
897 Genoa Way San Marcos, CA 92078
609 Sunset Drive Oceanside, CA 92058
7163 Tern Place Carlsbad, CA 92011
168 Walnut Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008
1087 Neptune Ave. Encinitas, CA 92024
823 Ballow Way Unit 823 San Marcos, CA 92078
1176 Monterey Place Encinitas, CA 92024
1806 Somerset Ave Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
1394 Knowles Carlsbad, CA 92008