“The Lakeport Police Department is continuing to receive reports of theft through false pretenses involving rental properties. It is being reported that an individual or group is posing as a landlords at properties in or near the City of Lakeport, informing victims that they have been approved to rent and that they need to provide an online deposit of security deposits, usually via CashApp.
Do not let yourself or your loved ones become victims. It is NEVER a good idea to provide someone, under these or similar circumstances, with money online, especially large amounts of money. If you have not been to the rental in person, met the manager/landlord first, or signed any sort of legitimate legal documentation for the rental you should be wary of making these types of online transactions.
If you have been a victim of a similar scam in the City of Lakeport or have any tips that may help us identify and prosecute the suspect(s) in this case please contact Officer Hutchins at 707-263-5491 EXT118 or e-mail email@example.com. You can also send us a private message on our Facebook page @LakeportPolice or send us an anonymous message through Nixile on your cellular telephone by texting the words TIP LAKEPORT followed by your message to 888777.
Please share this information with your friends and help us protect everyone from this scam.”