Jan. 14, 2019
by Morinville News Staff
RCMP in Strathcona County are investigating a vacation rental scam posted on Kijiji.
Police say the scam begins with a person searching for a rental property, either an apartment or home in a desired destination.
The potential victim is asked to provide a deposit on the rental, typically by wire transfer. Once the potential victim arrives at the property, they realize it was all a scam. Either the rental doesn’t exist, was never available for rental, or the condition has been misrepresented.
Strathcona RCMP say a group of friends were looking to spend a few days in Banff earlier this month. The group located a vacation rental house on Kijiji and after conversing with who they believed to be the homeowner a deposit was sent through e-transfer. When they arrived at the vacation rental the actual owners were present and it was determined they had been scammed.
Police say if the deal looks too good to be true it probably is.
They also recommend looking up the property on Google Maps and use Street View to make sure the property exists and appears the same as in the images.
Police caution that fraudulent users often prefer to use cash-transfers including Money Gram or Western Union. Police recommend that you use VISA, Master Card or American Express as they will help recover any payments in the case of loss.