Police report they have arrested a 33-year-old tenant who is accused of running an apartment rental scam in Saskatoon.
Saskatoon Police say they received 25 complaints from people who attempted to rent a property from the man, who they believed posed as the landlord. Each of the victims found the property listed on Kijiji.
The tenant is accused of defrauding the victims of approximately $1,000 each after accepting damage deposits.
He has been remanded in Regina and is expected to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court early next week.
According to a report in the Star, in 2010, the tenant pulled the same scam in Vancouver during the Olympics, and is believed to have defrauded $8,000 from an athlete’s family.
One victim feels the hot rental market in Saskatoon made it easier to play would-be renters who scrambled to get what they thought was a good deal, according to the report.
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