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Rental scams continue in the County

Prince Edward OPP have responded to a second report of a rental scam in as many weeks.

On Thursday. July 2 an individual reported to have responded to an online ad for a rental property. The correspondence was primarily through e-mail. Approximately $900 was sent via e-transfer. When the rental property was visited, someone was already living there full-time and the property was not for rent.

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, fraudsters will use online classified websites and social media networks to post advertisements for rentals. The property is usually located in a desirable area with a below average price. Interested consumers are asked to complete an application with their personal information.

Often, the supposed landlord claims to be out of the country and is in a hurry to rent the property to the right person. Victims are asked to place a deposit to secure a viewing, or to receive the keys.

To help prevent yourself from being a victim of this type of fraudulent activities be aware of the following:

· Research local market property values
· Verify the property’s address on an interactive map and search for duplicate posts
· Whenever possible, physically visit the property
· Request a lease agreement and review it thoroughly
· Do not send any money before viewing the property and signing an agreement

Before sending money digitally, always remember to pump the brakes, ask questions and conduct research. If it’s too good to be true, it likely is,” said Aaron Miller, PEC OPP Community Safety Officer.

Contact: Provincial Constable Aaron Miller

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