Buffalo Police Chief Mike Chapman is warning homeowners in the area of a new scam that has turned up recently involving renters looking for a place to live.
Chapman said the scam targets the renters, but that homeowners and landlords should be aware it exists. Chapman explains.
The scammers get information, post the information on the web and then field phone calls about the properties, then “rent” the properties to the callers for a downpayment or deposit. That is when the homeowners find they have unknowingly become part of the scam.
Chapman said if anyone in the community is contacted by a prospective renter on a property they didn't advertise for rent, get as much information as possible and contact the BPD at 684-5581.