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How do I report a scam?

The ad for a rental at 4533 Mississippi Street, San Diego, CA  92116 is a scam. I've received email from them asking for money and then they'll send the keys. I've seen the identical letter from people for other properties. Sometimes they say they are in the Phillipines or Guam, etc. This one says they are in New Jersey. 
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October 19 2012 - North Park
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Thanks for reporting it. That phone number 828-305-6815  (828) 305-6815 has been being used by a scammer for bogus rentals since January in different parts of the country.

The best thing people can do is report the scammers number, fake name and email in the thread like this and flag the listing so Zillow can remove it.
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March 17 2013
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This guy is still it using the same number. Offering properties in Denver March 2013.
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March 16 2013
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Hello,

I used the following form to contact Zillow just now about another scam going on: http://www.zillow.com/myzillow/EmailCustomerService.htm

The scam we found is basically the following:

Someone lists a property for rent on Zillow for a "too good to be true" price, creates an email address that reflects the actual homeowner's name (which can be found through public tax assessor records), pretends to be the homeowner throughout all communication, and then creates an excuse as to why they are unable to do a walk-through with you but assures you that the interior of the home is in perfect condition.

If you are willing to accept their word that the interior of the home is in good condition and would like to move forward, they would send over the paperwork and request a deposit. 

The phone number that they are using is: (828) 305-6815

If you look up the phone number on Zillow (just search for zillow.com: (828) 305-6815 in Google), he has listings all over the place.

For more information: http://www.whycall.me/828-305-6815.html
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October 19 2012
Here's a link to a San Diego County District Attorney web site page, explaining how to report real estate fraud:

http://www.sdcda.org/preventing/real-estate-fraud/real-estate-fraud-brochure.pdf
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