Facebook rental scam victims help police catch suspect

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BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some victims of a Facebook rental scam in Madison County helped set up a sting police say led to the suspect.

The Berea Police Department says someone was targeting people looking to rent a home or apartment by advertising on Facebook Marketplace. Police say in each instance, the victims arranged to meet with a person and pay them for the first month’s rent in cash. The victims all met with a woman who took the cash and gave them a handwritten receipt, only to never hear from her again, according to police.

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Police say they were recently contacted by a couple of the victims, saying they spotted the woman on Facebook who stole their money. They told police the woman was selling items on Facebook so they arranged to meet her at a Walgreens parking lot to buy the items.

Police also went along and arrested the woman, 19-year-old Kaitlyn Goins.

According to police, Goins did not own the properties she was advertising. She is charged with two counts of theft by deception, but police say more charges are expected.