Don’t buy rental scam

Might be a doorbell, might be a knock. Someone is responding to the for-rent ad he or she saw online. Problem is, the place isn’t for rent. A Brockville resident shared a story like that with city police last week, which prompted the local constabulary to once again remind the public about taking precautions in order to avoid becoming a victim of fraud. The ad was to be taken down from Kijiji, but there have been others in the past that have led to respondents being duped and making some sort of payment on a property that is not available. One recent fraudulent online classified ad asked the potential renter to fill out an application that included personal details such as banking and contact information as well as occupation. The scammer also requested a security deposit to go with the application. The folks who went to that home last week Read More

Rent too cheap to be true? Beware online scams, Barrie police warn

A property rental scam has returned to Barrie, police warn. Advertisements have been placed on Kijiji, Craig’s List or other similar ad posting sites with houses for rent with the price lower than market average, Barrie police say. Once conversation begins, the “landlord” states they are unable to show the property as they currently live out of town. Often the address, details of the property and interior photos are provided via email. Many of these homes have recently been listed for sale or rent and these details are obtained by the fraudsters from original listing source, police say. A discounted deposit for good faith is requested to be sent via money transfer with the understanding the keys will be mailed or dropped off to the prospective tenant. Often, when the tenant shows up, the house is occupied by an unexpected tenant or homeowner and the renter is out the deposit money with no where to live. Read More