Queens County, Prince Edward Island – The Prince Edward Island RCMP is warning the public about scams regarding rental of property that requests pre-payment.
Various types of scams are on the rise everywhere and particularly in Prince Edward Island, the summer months are busy with vacation rentals. Recently a woman provided payment for a property only to find out that the advertisement was fraudulent and she lost the downpayment provided to the scammer.
If transations include payment prior to your purchase, it’s important to know the validity of the business or person you’re dealing with to ensure you are not a victim of a scam. It’s very unfortunate that people prey on the good faith of others, but unfortunately it’s becoming more and more common to do so. It’s often very difficult to recover the funds or to determine the source of the fraud.
Police are advising anyone who suspect a transaction could possibly be a fraud to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501. For more information about common fraud scams and how to protect yourself, visit he Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s website If you are a victim of fraud and have lost money in a transaction, you should contact your local police agency of jurisdiction to investigate.
Queens District RCMP
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