Kennewick PD put out an alert for residents to be very wary of a home rental scam shaking up some Kennewick families.

The sophisticated scammers go to Craigslist and other internet sites to post and pose as homeowners peddling fake rentals.

The alleged perpetrators request immediate payment through different direct online financial services.

The KPD and all Tri-Cities law enforcement types advise making sure all rental agreements are made and signed in person when possible.

You could always go to the Benton County Assessor's site and follow directions to be absolutely sure.

The scammers are very slick and very persuasive about the immediate need for financial transactions, so exercise extreme caution in these cases.

Let's be careful out there.