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Fraud Alert

Jan 26, 2018

Three Brantford individuals? answered a home rental advertisement which turned out to be a scam.   

A Brantford man answered an advertisement on Kijiji about renting a home on Port Street, Brantford.  The victim, a 46 year old Brantford man contacted a woman who advised that she was renting her home out because she had recently moved after her husband had been promoted and transferred quickly to a location in North Bay. The victim was told that first and last month rent, which was $1,000.00 per month all-inclusive was required first and then she would send him a package containing the keys, rental agreement and rent receipts. The victim advised that he couldn?t afford first and last month?s rent at once, however advised that he could pay several payments of $500.00. The victim was directed to e-transfer $500.00 to an email address. The next day the victim transferred another $500.00 to the email address. On this day the victim happened to be driving by the Port Street home and noticed a vehicle parked in the driveway and knocked at the door.  A woman answered the door advising that the house was not for rent and that she was the legitimate owner of the home and did not advertise on Kijiji to rent the home.
A 58 year old Brantford woman answered the same advertisement on Kijiji and requested to have a viewing of the home before any payment was exchanged. The woman was told by the fraudster that she needed to fill out the application and send money first. The woman attended the home to check out the property and was surprised to learn that the home was not for rent and contacted the Brantford Police Service.
A 47 year old Brantford man also answered the advertisement on Kijiji regarding the Port Street rental and spoke to the fraudster who provided the exact story as the others who answered the Kijiji advertisement. The victim e-transferred $500.00 to an email address provided to him to secure the home. The victim also attended the home to check out the property and learned that he was the victim of a fraud and contacted the police. The advertisement had since been removed and the Brantford Police Service Fraud Unit are investigating. 

It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met in person for an apartment or house you haven?t seen. If you can?t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it?s for rent, and that it is what was advertised. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the owner and listing.

Protect yourself from fraud, do your homework!

*Request and insist to physically view the rental unit prior to forwarding a deposit. (Scammers will make up a story that they are oversees or had to move quickly but in fact they do not own the property listed)
*Be cautious of rental rates that are below the current market rate
*Be cautious of someone who is willing to rent their property to you without meeting you in person or doing a background check on you.  
*Be cautious of a landlord requesting a security deposit before sending you a key.
*It?s never a good idea to send money to someone you?ve never met.
*Remember wiring money is the same as giving someone cash ? once you send it, its gone.
 
 

Educate yourself by visiting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre?s website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or Canada Revenue Agency 


 If you have already sent funds and/or your personal information contact the police and your financial institution immediately. If you believe that you have been a VICTIM OF FRAUD and reside in the City of Brantford, contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. If you have received a telephone call however have not been fallen the victim of this fraud again please report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre toll free at 1-888-495-8501 or   http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index.shtm

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