One Fort McMurray realtor is sounding the alarm about a scam people may fall prey to.
Melanie Galea says she received a call from a woman interested in renting a property.
“She called because she had a listing on Kijiji looking for a propoerty to rent. And so someone answered her ad and called her and said, hey, I’ll give you the rent for this much money, just wire me the money. So she drove by the house, saw my listing sign on the lawn and called me. So I followed up with my seller and the seller is not leasing the property, he has it for sale, and she was being scammed and so I’d heard of this scam a couple of years ago and it’s back and I just want to make sure that people are aware, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” says Galea.
The realtor says had the woman just wired money without checking out the house and calling Galea she would have been scammed.
Galea says she’s contacted RCMP about the matter and was referred to the Canadian anti-fraud centre.
Links to investigate or report fraud or suspected scams follow.