Wednesday, June 13, 2018

News Release - Winnipeg Police Service

Winnipeg Police Service

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

   
Fraud - Arrests: R17-15193
In July 2015, a 28-year-old male responded to an advertisement for an apartment rental in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa. The victim received a response from a person who advised the apartment for rent. The victim was asked to a security deposit in advance and sent it via e-Transfers. Once the e-Transfers were received by the suspect there was no further communication.  
   
In August 2015, a 27-year-old male responded to an online advertisement for an apartment rental in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa.  The victim received a response from a person who advised that the apartment for rent and requested a security deposit in advance. The sent the money via e-transfers and once the money was received by the suspect there was no further communication.
   
In August 2015, a 29-year-old female placed an advertisement online looking for an apartment to rent in Ottawa Ontario.  She received a response and was advised that an apartment in the Sandy Hill area of Ottawa was available. The victim was requested to pay two months rent in advance before receiving the keys or viewing the apartment. She sent two separate e-Transfers to the seller who then cut off communication with the victim.
   
In August 2015, a 51-year-old male responded to an online advertisement for an apartment rental in Banff Alberta. The victim received a response from a person who advised they had an apartment for rent and requested two months' rent in advance. The victim sent the money via e-Transfers. Once the transfer was received by the suspect there was no further communication.  
   
In September 2015, a 22-year-old female responded to an online advertisement for an apartment rental in Banff Alberta.   The victim received a response indicating the apartment was available. She was requested to make a payment in advance and sent an e-Transfer to the advertiser. Once the e-transfer was received by the advertiser communication ended.
   
In August of 2015, a 24-year-old female responded to an advertisement online for an apartment rental in Banff Alberta. The victim received a response from a person who advised they had an apartment for rent and requested two months rent in advance. The victim sent the money via e-Transfers. Once the e-transfers were received by the suspect there was no further communication.  
   
The Banff RCMP, Ottawa Police, and the Winnipeg Police Service Financial Crime Unit entered into an investigation and were able to identify two suspects, both residing in Winnipeg.
   
On June 7, 2018, a 41-year-old female of Winnipeg was arrested for Fraud Under $5000. She was released on a Promise to Appear.
   
On June 12, 2018, a43-year-old female of Winnipeg was arrested for Fraud Under $5000 X6 and released on a Promise to Appear.
   
The Winnipeg Police Financial Crime Unit continues to investigate the involvement of other persons involved in this Fraud Scheme.Anyone with information that may assist investigators is asked to call 204-986-6231 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).
   
Citizens are cautioned that when transacting business online to avoid, as much as possible, dealing with people anonymously.  Ask questions, request further info that only legitimate people could have such as additional photos of the item or property. The larger the transaction the more diligent you should be.


For further information contact either:
   Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer
   Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer
   Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer
   Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs

   
   Phone: (204) 986-3061 | Fax: (204) 986-3267 | Email:
WPS-PIO@Winnipeg.ca

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