Police Tuesday urged people to contact detectives if they believe they were victimized by a woman accused of trying to use someone else’s Social Security number to rent an apartment in the Hollywood area.
Courtney Lane Joseph, 22, of Inglewood was arrested Feb. 12 on suspicion of identity theft, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Jail records show she was released on $50,000 bail.
An LAPD statement alleges Joseph “was attempting to use a victim’s Social Security number to obtain credit authorization for an apartment rental in the Hollywood area.”
“Detectives believe Joseph planned to rent apartments with the victim’s information with the intention to sublease to unsuspecting people,” the statement says. “Ms. Joseph would then be able to collect the rent up-front from victims who would have no knowledge of the scam.”
Police believe Joseph might be involved in other rental scams around the Los Angeles area and asked anyone who may have been victimized to call 213-972-2929; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
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