Suffolk police search for suspects wanted for duping victims in rental scam

Suffolk police say the suspects hung up flyers for rental property listings in a Medford laundromat in March.

Joe Arena

Jun 1, 2023, 2:19 AM

Updated 328 days ago

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Suffolk police are searching for the suspects wanted for scamming Long Islanders who were looking for a home.
They say the suspects hung up flyers for rental property listings in a Medford laundromat in March. Two different people responded to the ad and met with one of the scammers. Police say the suspect claimed to be a real estate agent to both victims, so they handed over cash and were given a key.
The victims later found out that the keys didn't work on the home they thought they had rented on Sipp Avenue.
Ian Wilder, of the Long Island Housing Services, says the scam is no surprise. He says if any deal looks too good to be true it probably is.
"You got to see the property," says Wilder. You got to do a Google check on the property."
Wilder says it is also important to pay with a check instead of cash.


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