Tips to avoid rental scams

Kamloops City

2021-01-06 16:14 PST

File # 2021-579

When it comes to renting an apartment, if it sounds too good to be true, it just might be, warns the Kamloops RCMP Detachment.

In the last week, Kamloops RCMP received at least two complaints involving people who were scammed after responding to an online rental ad. In both cases, the ad was for a property on Summit Drive and the interested parties were asked to send an international etransfer to Africa to secure the rental.

Although both these scams were reported to have occurred on the rental website Zoeken, this type of scam is not new and can happen on any website. In some cases, scammers will pull photos from legitimate listings or properties for sale and present them as their own, but be unable to show the property in person.

It can be easy to be fooled, especially if you’re moving to town yourself and are unable to visit the property in person, said Constable Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP’s Media Relations Officer. It might not always be easy, but always make sure that you or someone you trust visits a property first before exchanging any money. Also, take steps to confirm the person offering the property is its actual owner. Taking the time to talk to neighbours in the area or a building’s superintendent can save you a whole lot of time and money on the other end.

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If you have been scammed of money or have provided personal information to a potential fraudster, please report the incident to Kamloops RCMP and contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. For more information on scams and frauds, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre wesbite at https://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm
 

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Media Relations Officer
Kamloops RCMP
kamloops.rcmp-grc.gc.ca
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
Office: 250-828-3000
Fax: 250-828-3034

Email: Crystal.Evelyn@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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