Lucrative housing scam impersonates real estate agents in Pueblo

Pueblo housing scam impersonates real estate agents

PUEBLO, Colo. - Pueblo police are investigating an active housing scam targeting potential renters looking for a place to rent online.

It all starts on Craigslist, where potential renters are looking for a place to live.

Investigators with Pueblo police warn there are fake listings offering homes for rent on the south and east sides of the city.

"We are tracking a man who is impersonating real estate agents," said Sgt. Frank Ortega.

Ortega said the man, who victims refer to as "Jamie Gonzalez," provided several tours in at least three different homes on the south and east sides of the city.

Sgt. Ortega and his team said the suspect enters the codes to get access to these homes, provides the tours and even collects the deposits from each victim.

 "It's incredibly sad that these people are forking over money in amounts of $800 or more.. thinking they're securing a property for rent," said Regina Almintakh, a real estate agent in Pueblo.

In the past several weeks, Almintakh has received calls from people asking if her properties are for rent or for sale.

"The for sale sign is in the front yard, it was odd we were getting these calls," she said.

Sgt. Ortega said the suspect is either working alone or with a group. In the Craigslist post, Gonzalez claims to work for a company called Nicor Holdings.

"It's concerning they're getting access into these homes," said Almintakh.

Investigators believe the suspect could have ties to the real estate community to have access to that information.

If you have any information about this case that could help Pueblo PD, call 719-542-7867.

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