Recent Citrus County Arrests
Citrus County Sheriff Office Information
Rental Scam warning posted by the Citrus County Sheriff’s office:
The Sheriff’s Office recently received a phone call from a local homeowner who discovered the home she has for
sale is also being advertised for rent online by a scammer looking to make a quick buck.
The caller, who lives in the home she is selling, told law enforcement officials that strangers have been on her
property, walking around the home and looking in the windows on at least three different occasions. The property
owner reported that all three visitors said they were responding to an ad placed on two housing and vacation rental
websites. When the victim checked the websites she saw that her home had indeed been listed for rent. She made
contact with the scammer via e-mail pretending to be interested in the property and received a quick response with
instructions to fill out a rental application and to “drive pass and view the house, look through the windows and check
around the back.” The e-mail was written in broken English and displayed many red flags.
The Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit encourages you to remember the following:
- Always keep your doors and windows locked.
- Beware of a rental deal online that sounds to good too be true.
- Homes that are legitimately for sale and are posted on realtor websites with pictures and descriptive
information can be copied and pasted to another site. Check out the authenticity of the ad either by
contacting a local realtor, requesting to speak by phone or meet the person renting the property at the
rental location. (If possible, never go alone).
- Do not wire money in exchange for a key or to “hold” the property.
- Be careful about filling out “applications” given to you by strangers; you may be giving personal information
to an identity thief.
Due to Florida State Statutes regarding Florida Public Records Law, arrest reports must be reviewed prior to being posted on the internet. As a result, posting of an arrest report may be delayed up to 72 hours after the arrest has been processed.