Victoria police bust rental fraud suspects accused of bilking victims of hundreds – BC | Globalnews.ca

Victoria police bust rental fraud suspects accused of bilking victims of thousands - BC | Globalnews.ca

2022-09-22 08:34:25

Victoria police are in search of extra potential victims after they are saying they busted two rental fraudsters who bilked not less than 10 victims out of hundreds of {dollars}.

Police say they had been lately alerted to a collection of “refined” frauds, with victims reporting similarities within the suspects’ descriptions and strategies.

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Investigators say the suspects posted on-line adverts, then communicated with victims by e mail and textual content over a interval of weeks to month — after which they “openly” met with victims, referred to as their references and handed over faux key fobs.

The victims, believing they had been coming into legitimate tenancy agreements, transferred their first month’s hire and harm deposit earlier than realizing they’d been defrauded.

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Police acquired a break within the case in early September, when one of many suspects met with a sufferer to point out them a collection in a constructing he claimed to be renting out.

The sufferer transferred cash to the suspect, however turned suspicious and contacted the constructing supervisor who advised him the unit wasn’t truly for hire.

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The property supervisor then discovered the bogus rental itemizing and contacted the fraudster claiming to be a renter who wished to see the unit.

After they met to view the unit, he confronted the suspect and recorded the encounter. He additionally put the suspect on speakerphone with the sufferer, the place the suspect promised to return the cash he’d taken — however police say he by no means adopted via.

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On Sept. 2, police searched a unit within the constructing and arrested one among two suspects within the case. Investigators say in addition they discovered proof of one other fraud in progress in the identical constructing, which they disrupted.

Simply over two weeks later, a sufferer of one of many earlier frauds noticed the person who had allegedly defrauded him in downtown Victoria and referred to as police who attended and arrested him.

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Police subsequently found he was already dealing with 36 unrelated and excellent fraud-related expenses, and was wished on a warrant for violating associated situations.

Each suspects have since been launched pending future courtroom dates.

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“Given the person’s in depth historical past of fraud expenses and convictions, and the variety of victims within the present collection of frauds that officers are investigating, investigators are involved that there could also be further victims,” police stated in a media launch.

Investigators have launched a photograph of the suspect, who they are saying is a suspect in not less than 9 frauds, and are asking anybody who misplaced cash to him to contact Victoria police at 250-995-7654.

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