Police advise Steamboat Springs residents of rental scam

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— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is asking residents to be aware of a possible Internet-based rental scam that has affected at least one homeowner in Steamboat.

On Aug. 23, a resident who had a four-bedroom home listed for sale at 325 Blackberry Lane told police someone had fraudulently listed the home for rent online for $900 per month.

“A possible renter contacted the homeowner, believing the offer was too good to be true,” officer Kristin Bantle wrote in an email.

The homeowner then reported the incident to police, and the rental listing was tracked to the website www.hotpads.com.

Similar rental scams have occurred before in Steamboat. In one reported instance, a person paid for a rental property through a website and then arrived in Steamboat for vacation only to find the rental listing was fraudulent.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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