November 2012

We are warning community members of an online rental scam on the popular Kijiji website, Ottawa living, usedOttawa, etc. In the fraudulent rental ad, the renter is claiming to rent a property at a value well below the legitimate ad fee. This individual(s) has copied a legitimate ad, made minor changes and lowered the rental price to make it more appealing. In order to avoid rental scams, remember the following:

Only deal with landlords or renters who are local;

  • Be suspicious if you are asked to only use a wire transfer service;
  • Beware of e-mail correspondence from the "landlord" that's written in poor or broken English;
  • Research the average rental rates in that area and be suspicious if the rate is significantly lower;
  • Do not under any circumstances give out personal information, like social security, bank account, or credit card numbers.