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Online rental fraud scheme builds trust through property visit

A Murfreesboro man was scammed out of $600 in a detailed rental fraud scheme that serves as a warning to other potential renters searching for residences online. PHOTO: MGN

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--A Murfreesboro man was scammed out of $600 in a detailed rental fraud scheme that serves as a warning to other potential renters searching for residences online.

According to the MPD incident report, a 22-year-old man searching for a rental property online found a home and contacted the number of the man who allegedly posted the ad. The individual told the victim he would allow him to look at the property without him being present and gave the victim a code for the lock on the door via text message.

The victim went to look at the home and told police the code did indeed work. The man contacted the alleged renter to say he was interested in the house and was told he needed to Western Union or Money Gram $600 in order to secure the rental.

The man told police he wired the money, but the address was in Nigeria. The man then asked the alleged renter for a receipt of the funds and for paperwork on the house after noticing where the money was sent but says he has been unable to contact the alleged renter.

Realizing the potential fraud, the victim contacted police.

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