Tragedy seems to bring out the best in most people, but it also tends to conjure up scammers and fraudsters. Currently scams are targeting Camp Fire victims and those giving monetary donations.
It may be an old saw, but Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Ramsey said this is particularly true in rental housing scams. While they’re always prevalent, the Camp Fire disaster has brought an increased volume. Typically, what happens is a social media post advertises a vacant home or apartment, but the ad is fake, written by a scammer posing as the owner or broker.