Be careful when responding to rental advertisements — that’s what the OPP in Prince Edward County is reminding folks to do after a person responded to an online advertisement and lost almost $5,000.
According to OPP, the person was primarily in communication with a person posing as the landlord on June 25.
The renter then re-transferred over $4,680 to the person claiming to be the owner of the property.
The instructions were that a key and further information would be sent to them by courier before their moving date.
When the would-be tenant visited the rental property, someone was already living at the residence full time and the tenant found out the property was not for rent.
To help renters from being a victim of this type of fraud, OPP says be aware of the following:
- Demand to meet the landlord or representative in person
- Always ask for a tour prior to giving deposits
- Be alert to emails that contain poor spelling and grammar
- Don’t supply any personal information or deposits before confirming the property is actually for rent
- Before sending money digitally, always remember to take your time — ask questions and do your research.
If it’s too good to be true, it probably is, the OPP says.