The suspects would direct them to the location, provide them with a lockbox code and in some instances would conduct a tour of the property over the phone. The victims would then deliver a security deposit using cash or money order, then discover that the key given to them did not unlock the property in question. The suspects would then be unreachable through phone.
Since the arrest, detectives have located the suspects' bank account and are in the process of freezing the account to "get restitution for our victims."
Anyone with information about the scam or knows of a victim is asked to contact the Southwest Detectives Burglary Station at (213) 485-6795 or to come to Southwest Community Police Station, located at 1546 West Martin Luther King Boulevard, and file a report.