The Peterborough Police Service has received several recent phone calls regarding an online rental scam.
The complainants reported that they had responded to a Kijiji ad regarding a potential rental unit or had been contacted by someone claiming to be a landlord after they had posted an ad looking for a rental unit.
The complainants were asked to provide personal information and then asked to send a rental deposit through an email money transfer or Western Union money transfer.
In all of the instances, the complainants did not provide any money. Instead, the complainants went to visit the rental address in person. In each instance, the address has been for sale and the complainants have spoken to the current residents who stated the address is not for rent.
The Peterborough Police Service reminds residents to follow these tips before providing any personal information or funds online for a rental property:
Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself
- When searching for rentals, go to the address. Schedule a showing and confirm its availability.
- Request a lease/contract. Review it thoroughly.
- Complete open source searches on rental addresses to ensure it’s not a duplicate post.
- Do not send funds to strangers.
- Contact Equifax and Transunion if you’ve provided sensitive information on applications.
- Go with your gut. If it seems fishy it probably is.
If you would like to report a fraud or a scam please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501.
If you have been the victim of a scam, meaning you have provided money or personal information to fraudsters, please contact the Peterborough Police Service’s non-emergency line at 705-876-1122 or via our online reporting system at Peterborough Police Online Crime Reporting
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