Berea Police: Renters beware of Facebook Marketplace scam

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BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Berea Police say someone is targeting people looking to rent a home or apartment.

Police say the scammer is advertising on Facebook Marketplace they have a home or apartment for rent.

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According to a post by police, in each instance, the victims arranged to meet with a person and pay them for the first month’s rent in cash.

Police say the victims all met with a woman who took the cash and gave them a handwritten receipt, only to never hear from her again.

Police say if you are planning to rent a house or apartment, always get the person’s name and phone number, and meet at the location where you are planning to move.

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.