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Toronto west end apartment scam claims victims, others come forward

Claire Hay had been searching for an affordable rental suite on Kijiji and thought she had found the perfect one about a month ago.

It was a bachelor unit in a new condo development at Park Lawn Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West. She arranged for a viewing and was met by a man who identified himself as the owner.

In love with the unit, she expressed her desire to rent it. She paid the first and last months’ rent using e-transfer. It came out to $2,600 — $1,300 a month.

Her optimism was soon tempered by caution. She came across another ad that was similar to the one she had responded to.

Shocked that the unit she paid for was still being rented to others, she posted about her experience on Facebook. Hay said she also filed a report with police.

“It was through that, that I then got a message from Femi saying that he wants me to take [the Facebook post] down, that that’s not okay, that I posted that and he would like an apology,” she said.

“So that’s when I said, ‘You’re going to give me my money back.’”

Femi Agunbiade was also identified by another prospective renter Global News spoke with Wednesday.

Read the full story over at Global News.

This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.

Devin Jones is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Devin was raised in Toronto and is a graduate of the Ryerson University journalism program. As a former Digital Media editor at the Ryerson Review of Journalism, you can find Devin camera and coffee in hand, at his home photo studio.