OPP Warn Of Cottage Rental Scam

Posted: 2020-09-03 07:28:23 By: thebay

The Huntsville OPP is warning the public of an on-line cottage rental scam they are currently investigating.

Police say the scam is set up by suspects posting an advertisement of a cottage for rent on the internet, which includes pictures of the cottage and rental information. The advertisement appears legitimate. 

The suspects ask victims to send money via e-transfer or direct deposit to a bank account. The victims attend the cottage for their vacation to find the actual owner of the cottage unaware of the transaction.

Police say the sad reality is that in many cases once the money is paid out it is very hard to get back if at all.

Potential renters or anyone using any online advertisement sites such as Kijiji are advised to review their on-line safety tips section prior to making any purchases and "Never send or wire money to sellers or buyers".