Local family falls victim to housing scam in southwest valley
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CREATED Oct. 31, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- With five bedrooms, four complete bathrooms and ample living space, Randi Brooks thought she found the perfect home.
Earlier this week, Brooks was ready to move in with her entire family including her three young kids. She paid her security deposit and agreed to $1,650 a month to lease the home in the southwest valley.
"The total was going to be $4,000 to move in," Brooks said. "We paid $2,000 up front and was going to pay $2,000 tomorrow."
She quickly learned she was scammed when realtor Delinda Crampton stopped Brooks just before she moved in. Crampton represents the home that wasn't for lease, it's actually listed online for sale at half a million dollars.
"I was shocked," Crampton said. "I've heard of this kind of thing happening elsewhere, but never dreamed it would happen at one of my own listings."
Crampton said she noticed something strange about a week ago when she came to the home and noticed the lock box was mission off the front door. Crampton thinks the scammers got the key and were able to show the house to possible tenants.
According to Brooks, the people that rented her the home drew up a lease agreement and gave her a key.
"It wasn't like somebody broke into the house," Brooks said. She's tried to contact the phone number for the person, but its disconnected.
Police checked out the home, but a spokesperson for Metro noted it's difficult to track down the suspects in these types of cases. Metro said, if you're going to rent a home make sure you are dealing directly with the homeowner and cross reference their name with the county assessors office.
"If you're going to rent a single family home you need to use a realtor to make sure you don't become the victim of a scam," Crampton added.