Surrey RCMP warns about Facebook Rental Scams

Surrey

2023-07-13 13:07 PDT

Surrey RCMP is informing the public that Facebook rental scams are on the rise and individuals looking for rental properties are being targeted.

In the month of June, Surrey RCMP received multiple complaints of scams specific to rental property advertisements on Facebook Marketplace.

The scam usually involves an individual who is actively seeking a rental property. The suspect advertises a property and explains that the property is really high in demand. In order to secure the property, the suspect demands the potential renter send a deposit without viewing the property. In some cases, the suspect asks for personal information and an e-transfer without meeting in person. Once the information and money is received, the suspect usually ends communication with the renter.

In order to protect yourself and others around you from scams, educate yourself on the most recent scams. Some tips to prevent you from falling victim to scams include:

If you were a victim of this scam, please make a report to your local police even if no money was exchanged. For a list of current scams or to report on-line fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Released by

Sgt. Tammy Lobb

Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP
14355 57 Avenue, Surrey, BC, V3X 1A9
Office: 604-599-7776

Email: surrey_media_relations@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: surrey.rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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