Deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office are warning the public about a recent rise in scams involving home rentals and pet adoptions.

Although the scams involve different types of purchases, both require a similar process of asking for money or deposits upfront. The scammers also frequently request additional payments during later dates to cover shipping or other fees, authorities said. The money is often falsely promised to be refunded once the purchase is completed.

In order to help the public avoid falling victim to these scams, authorities are offering several tips to recognize when an online home rental or pet adoption may be a scam.

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