Windsor police are warning residents of rampant rental scams, having received a number of complaints recently

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Windsor Police are once again sending out a reminder about the scheme commonly known as the “rental scam”.

Police say that they have recently received a number of complaints, indicating that the scam is again active in our community. In some cases the victims forwarded funds to the offender.

In a scam of this nature, the offender advertises a property for rent, usually over the internet. Sometimes the offender will respond over the internet to someone searching to rent an apartment.

The offenders are posing as landlords, but in actuality have no legitimate connection to the subject property.

The offender often times will inform a prospective customer that they are out of the country and not available to meet in person.

There is usually a time sensitive component as well, pressuring the customer to provide funds or personal banking information immediately.

Police are stressing that tenants seeking rental property to be vigilant, do some research and recognize the warning signs before sending money or personal information to someone you have not met.

Police say that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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This story was summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.