Prevent, Detect, and Report Real Estate Fraud

The Real Estate 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.

REFAT’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.


The Ventura County District Attorney's Real Estate Fraud Unit investigates and prosecutes crimes involving recorded real estate documents. Criminal real estate fraud may involve home equity fraud, securities fraud tied to real estate, and loan fraud.

Victims of criminal real estate fraud and predatory lending schemes are often senior citizens and people with limited English speaking abilities. Real estate fraud strikes at the heart of the American dream, where a sophisticated criminal can victimize dozens of people by stealing their life savings and their home.

Persons who believe they may be victims of real estate fraud are encouraged to fill out and return a Real Estate Fraud Complaint Form for our review.

Consumer Alerts

Home Mortgage Relief Through Litigation Scam

Date: 
March, 2011

Home Mortgage Relief Through Litigation and “Too Good to Be True” Claims Regarding Its Use to Avoid and/or Stop Foreclosure, Obtain Loan Principal Reduction, and to Let You Have Your Home “Free and Clear” of Any Mortgage).
This alert is written to warn consumers about marketing companies and others that offer and sell false hope and request the payment of upfront fees for so-called class litigation that will supposedly result in extraordinary home mortgage relief.

Recent Press Releases

HOA Management Company Owner & Chief Financial Officer Arrested for Embezzlement

Press Release Date: 
September 9, 2013

Nature of Incident: HOA Management Company Owner & Chief Financial Officer Arrested for Embezzlement
Report Number: 09-28062
Location: San Diego County & Ventura County
Date & Time: 09-09-13@ 08:00AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff's Office Special Services I Major Crimes
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent, City of Residence, Age
Kristin Regina Davis of Solana Beach, San Diego County, Age 44

8th Annual Fraud Awareness Forum

Click here for information on the REFAT 8th Annual Fraud Awareness Forum on September 26th, 2013

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REFAT Referral Hotline

Need help finding the right resource for your particular situation?  Call the REFAT Referral Hotline at:
(805) 751-5899
 
 and a REFAT Team Member will help you.

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