Beware South Lake Tahoe!

October 23, 2011

Something didn’t smell right, and it certainly wasn’t carbon monoxide.

Alert constituents and an inquisitive state senator’s office apparently halted a mail scam attempting to con homeowners, based on a new state law requiring carbon monoxide alarms.

The scam was apparently run from a post office box directly across the street from the state Capitol, where lawmakers last year passed SB 183, which requires the alarms as a way to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning deaths.

“It’s absolutely brazen,” said Mark Spannagel, chief of staff for state Sen. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, who said about a dozen constituents reported receiving letters asking them to send $76 in order to comply with the law and avoid a possible fine. LaMalfa’s district covers parts of Placer, Yuba and Nevada counties.

The letters, from the so-called Housing and Safety Association, began appearing in mailboxes late last week. The sender’s address: a postal box in a mailbox center on L Street.

Read the whole story, Sacramento Bee.


The South Lake Tahoe Real Estate Group urges all South Lake Tahoe home owners to inform themselves on this issue.

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