Top Ten Tips For Non-English Speakers to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Real Estate, Home Loan, and Rental Fraud, and Scams in General

Sacramento, California - Those who commit fraud often target and exploit non-English speakers and immigrant groups. This is done by taking advantage of the culture of closeness and trust within the immigrant community (and acting in “affinity” or kinship with the community), suggesting that immigrants should not interact with the government or government sponsored programs, selling false hope, using halftruths or outright lies with regard to laws, lending, finances, or other matters.

The following list of the top ten tips has been written and is intended to give you some essential tips to help protect yourself against such fraud.

But first, what follows is some basic information with regard to the California Bureau of Real Estate (“CalBRE”), our website, finding CalBRE employees who speak languages other than English, and accessing the translation of our website


CalBRE safeguards and promotes the public interests in real estate matters through education, licensure, and enforcement. It is a California State agency within the California Department of Consumer Affairs. We have a Consumer Recovery Account for those who have been victimized by the intentional fraud of real estate licensees. But the reason the tips below are presented is to keep you from becoming a victim in the first place.

Our website is Our toll-free number is 1-877-373-4542, and it has a prompt for Spanish. We have Special Investigators in offices around the State who speak Spanish, and other Special Investigators who speak other languages.

Many consumer alerts and warnings have been translated into other languages, and our website materials can be read in a wide number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Russian. The website uses something called “Google Translate”. After accessing our website at, simply scroll to the bottom of the Home page and click on the “World” icon. You can then choose the applicable language.


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