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Danbury Police receive scam complaints involving fraudulent rental properties

The Danbury Police Department has recently received a significant increase in scam complaints involving fraudulent rental properties. Oftentimes, the perpetrator copies a legitimate online rental listing and reposts that listing to another website, like Craigslist and VRBO, with different contact information.  Danbury Police say there are signs that the rental listing could be fraudulent.  If the purported owner claims to be out of state and unable to meet or there are multiple listings of the same property--those are red flags.  Generally, Police say if the renter is asked to wire money, send via Western Union or a phone cash app that's a sign.  Renters should not put down a large security deposit before seeing the property.  Danbury Police suggest asking the landlord for references from past tenants and inspecting the interior, not just the exterior, of the property prior to paying.

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Todd Schnitt

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