Yesterday, Attorney General Curtis Hill warned Hoosiers and visitors in Indiana to be on the lookout for scams targeting house rentals this Memorial Day Weekend and during the week of the Indianapolis 500 race.
The Consumer Protection Division is encouraging vigilance by renters, homeowners and those purchasing tickets to the Indy 500 race.
Hill urged those attending the Indy 500 to be on alert for fraudulent tickets and other scams related to race weekend. High-profile sporting events are prime targets for scammers.
Anyone looking to rent their properties on Memorial Day Weekend should also be on the lookout for scams. The counterfeit check scam is among the most common reported to the CPD. Scammers might contact the homeowner acting as a prospective renter and offer to pay above the listing price, asking the homeowner to transfer any excess amount to a third party. These scammers will provide a counterfeit check, defrauding the homeowner if they agree to forward the excess funds.
Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Attorney General about any suspected scams or scam attempts. You can file a complaint by visiting indianaconsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.