PUBLIC SAFETY: A Wyckoff woman trying to rent an apartment for her daughter online lost $4,100 to a scam artist claiming to be a landlord, police said.
The woman told police she asked about what was promoted as an available unit online and received several responses from genuine real estate agents, as well as the purported owner.
The scammer told her that “she could save realtor fees by dealing directly with him,” Police Chief Benjamin Fox said.
They then struck a deal for $4,100 that she said she wired to him, the chief said.
He eventually called back, asking her to send more money to an account in the Phillipines, Fox said.
That’s when she called police.
“This is a very common scam,” Fox said, adding that there’s “little chance that the money can be recovered.”
“Don’t wire money anywhere if you don’t know who you are dealing with,” he said.
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