SCAM ALERT: Over the last few weeks several people have been the victim of a new type of scam. The offender advertises an apartment or home for rent on Facebook Marketplace. The victim in each case arranged to meet with offender and pay them for the first month’s rent.
They all met with a female who took cash from them and then gave them a handwritten receipt. After paying money to the offender, the victim never hears from them again.
When arranging to move into a new rental house or apartment you should always get the person’s name and phone number, and meet them at the location where you are planning to move in.
If anyone has any information about these incidents, or if you have also been a victim of this scam, please contact the Berea Police Department at (859) 986-8456 .