A Toronto Scammer Tricked 20 People Into Renting A Fake Apartment
The scammer said that renters couldn't see the apartment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the city continues its lockdown, it seems that scammers are still finding new ways to trick residents. Police are now warning of a rental scam in Toronto that affected dozens of people over the past week. In a release, police state that between April 27 to May 2 multiple victims paid rent to a unit that was being fakely rented out.
Toronto Police have issued a warning to the public about an ongoing Toronto fraud investigation. According to TPS, investigators are looking into several incidents of fraud that occurred from the end of April until the beginning of May.
It is being reported that 20 different people have fallen victim to the scam, which involved the rental of units at 30 Greenfield Avenue.
Police say victims were lured through an advertisement on the Korean app Casmo. A handful of them even met up with the accused in-person and viewed the room.
However, others were informed that due to COVID-19, they were not able to view the unit.
The alleged fraudster then collected first and last month’s rent from his would-be renters through e-transfer.
Police believe the man did not have the authority to rent the rooms and was merely using them as a ploy to steal money.
“Sungjin Kim, 37, of Toronto, is wanted for multiple counts of fraud concerning these incidents. Police believe there may be more victims who have been defrauded,” reads a statement from a TPS release.
Investigators believe that the suspect might have fled the country after committing the crimes.
Anyone with further information about the case is asked to reach the police at 416-808-3200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
However, this isn't the only scam that has been recorded over the past few weeks.
Last week, police officialsthat scammers dressed as bylaw officers were attempting to make money off the pandemic by handing out fake social distancing tickets.
"Fraudsters are impersonating police officers or government officials and pretending to impose COVID-19 fines, then asking the victim to pay on the spot,"from York Regional Police.
Back in March, police alsonot to be fooled by scammers who were going door to door in Toronto to sell fake COVID-19 testing kits.