Alberta Landlords Association: Calgary Real Estate Board Warns Online Scammers Targeting TenantsApril 19th, 2012
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The Calgary Real Estate Board is warning people about a scam that has recently popped up, aimed at would-be renters through online classified sites.
It says property details, photos and the name of the realtor listing a property have been used from other sites where the information is legitimately posted.
What is the Scam?
Bob Jablonski, CREB’s president, describes how the scam works: “The scammer impersonates the realtor by using his or her name to respond to inquiries from prospective renters. The scammer is unavailable to meet the prospective renter in-person at the property and proposes that funds be forwarded to rent the property. The ‘owner’ will, in turn, make arrangements for someone to meet the renter at the property and hand over the keys. As you can imagine, no one shows up at the property to meet the renter.”
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