Beware of Lies. Rent Wise.
2017-10-06 08:55 PDT
File # 2017
When looking for a rental unit don’t get caught in the growing scam where deposits are requested sight unseen. Several would-be North Vancouver renters have been scammed out of their deposits when responding to ads on the social media advertising site, Craigslist.
Typically, because of a limited market supply, the person looking to rent feels pressured to secure the deal and complies with the scammers’ request to forward an e-transfer to hold the unit until it can be viewed. Unfortunately, the address provided as a rental unit is actually not on the market, with the owners of the actual property unaware their address is being used in a scam.
Scammers often prey on people’s needs, urgency and desperation, said Cpl. Richard De Jong of the North Vancouver RCMP.
First time renters and those not familiar with rental rules and laws tend to be easily swayed. Don’t pay any monies upfront before you have an opportunity to view and verify the rental unit.
To avoid rental scams, watch for these warning signs:
- Rental price is unusually low
- Presently the unit is not available to be viewed
- Person communicates only by email
- Asks for money up front
- Refuses to meet in person
For more information on rental scams go to BC.RCMP or the Better Business Bureau.
Cpl. Richard De JongMedia Relations
North Vancouver RCMP
147 East 14 St, North Vancouver, BC, V7L-2N4
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