Real Estate Fraud


Real Estate Fraud


Real Estate Fraud


COVID-19 Mortgage
Forbearance Warning

The District Attorney recommends following these tips
to avoid becoming a victim of this type of fraud.
need further information on mortgage forbearance scams?

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Wire Fraud Advisory &
scams in Ventura County.

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten warned of a fraud scheme in
which individuals purchasing a home or engaging in business
transactions can be tricked into wiring large sums of money to thieves.

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Report any fraud or rental
scams in Ventura County.

Homeowners, buyers, agents, and lenders should beware short sale
negotiators and identify and protect yourself from this common scam.

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Identify the types of
fraud taking place

Detect and report real estate fraud
and scams in Ventura County.

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We educate the public

and provide resources

and tools to detect warning signs
of real estate fraud in Ventura County.

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Referral Helpline at (805)751-5899

Ventura County’s Daily COVID-19 Update

Ventura County Pandemic Rental Assistance Program Applications Available The program may provide temporary rental assistance for Ventura County residents with very low incomes who owe past-due rent because of hardship due to COVID-19. Online applications will be accepted from June 17 – July 1, 2020. Learn more at


Consumer Alerts and Videos


Real Estate Fraud in Ventura County


The Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT) is a unique collaboration between the Ventura County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and Ventura County real estate professionals. The combined knowledge and expertise of these volunteer team members help identify the types of frauds taking place and keep on top of the ever changing tactics of scammers who seek to take advantage of Ventura County residents.

14th Annual Fraud Awareness Forum


“ REFAT’s mission is to prevent, detect and report real estate fraud.

Hispanic homeowners in Ventura County Public Announcement

homepage-DA-LogoREFAT’s mission is to prevent, detect and report real estate fraud. We strive to accomplish this through educating two groups; real estate professionals and the general public. Our industry outreach to agents, lenders, escrow companies, title companies, etc. is essential as these professionals directly participate in most real estate transactions and are the “front line of defense” since they are in an ideal position to detect warning signs and take action to prevent fraud.
Our public outreach efforts are aimed at educating the public and to provide them tools and resources to detect warning signs of real estate fraud so they can avoid becoming a victim. REFAT also provides information on how to report incidents where you know or suspect that you or someone else has been defrauded.

Events & In The News

14th Annual Fraud Awareness Forum

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13th Annual Fraud Awareness Forum

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District Attorney & Our Team

Gregory D. Totten

District Attorney

Jim Keith

Chair & Founder

Cindy Diaz-Telly


Monica Garcia


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