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Public Safety Alert,
Rental Fraud Scams

Broadcast time: 14:30
Date: Friday, October 1, 2021
Unit: 52 Division
Phone: 416-808-5200

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a condominium rental scam specifically with units located at 12 York Street and 14 York Street.

It is reported that:

- rental advertisements are placed on Kijiji

- the units advertised for rent are located at 12 York Street and 14 York Street

- the suspect and victim correspond via phone and text to discuss the property

- the suspect meets with the victim at the rental location

- the victim is shown a property and the suspect acts as an agent of the property owner

- the unit is actually being rented by the suspect as a short-term rental, which allows them access to the property

- the victim signs what they believe to be a valid rental agreement and then sends a deposit via an electronic money transfer

- once the money transfer is received, the suspect no longer returns calls or messages and blocks the victim's phone number

- the suspect uses a variety of names when advertising as a rental agent or owner of the property

Police would like to remind the public of the following:

- be mindful of signing any rental agreement and/or sending deposits
- rent through legitimate agents that can be thoroughly checked
- confirm with the building property owner that the unit is available for long-term rent

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Nicole Ozretic, 52 Divison