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Guelph Police warn of new rental scam

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Guelph Police are warning people about a rental scam.

They say the scammers offer to rent a house at a bargain rate, telling interested clients they’re travelling out of the country.

The scammers then ask for a deposit, promising to mail the client the keys to the property, but then disappear with the deposit.

Police are offering these tips to stay safe:

-When searching for rentals, physically attend the address. Schedule a showing and confirm it is available.

-Request a lease or contract, and review it thoroughly.

-Conduct open source searches on rental addresses to ensure it is not a duplicate post.

-Do not send funds to strangers

Contact Equifax and Transunion if you have provided sensitive information on applications. Remember: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

If you’ve been a victim of fraud, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or Guelph Police at 519-824-1212.