Real Estate Fraud Fighters
Local Leaders in Fraud Prevention
Real Estate Fraud Fighters (REFF) is a unique collaboration between the San Diego County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit and the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®. The combined knowledge and expertise of these team members helps identify rental and mortgage fraud by keeping on top of the ever changing tactics of scammers who seek to victimize San Diego County residents.
Our mission is to prevent, detect, and report real estate fraud. We strive to accomplish this by educating real estate professionals and the public.
- Our industry outreach to agents, lenders, escrow companies, title companies, and other key players is essential because they are the “front line of defense” and in an ideal position to detect warning signs of fraud.
- Our public outreach efforts are aimed at educating consumers and providing them with tools and resources to detect warning signs of rental and real estate fraud.
As REALTORS®, we are the center of the transaction, and the first to see and detect unethical or fraudulent conduct. It’s up to us to uphold the Code and our reputation as an industry. You can report unethical and/or fraudulent conduct through SDAR, local, state, and federal agencies:
Help Protect Your Clients & the Community!
Our Fraud Fighter Window Decals are available for a $5 donation at any of SDAR’s Service Center Locations. All of the proceeds help benefit the Ambassadors Foundation’s programs.
The window decals are 5″ x 5″, easily removable, and cling to the inside of a window. We recommend that these are placed on a window near the front door of any properties you have for sale.
- California was rated #1 out of all states for real estate fraud in 2012
- San Diego had the 6th highest level of rental fraud in the U.S for 2012
- Over 93,500 people reported mortgage fraud in 2011
- The San Diego 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, loan fraud, and rental fraud
- Victims of criminal real estate fraud and predatory lending schemes are often senior citizens and people with limited English speaking abilities
- Anyone can report fraud, whether they think it’s happening to them or someone they know