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Man Pays $500 To Bogus Landlord In Suspected Scam

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FLINT (WWJ/AP) - Flint police says a man who thought he was paying a $500 deposit on a rental home he’d found online, instead was scammed by a woman who didn’t own the property.

The man told Flint police he found the house listed on Craigslist.org and contacted who he thought was the landlord, Mlive.com reported.

He says a woman showed him the house on Hammond Street, and after signing what she called a rental agreement, the victim paid her $500 and prepared to move into the home.

As he was moving into the house on July 20, the victim told police that a maintenance man arrived and a conversation ensued. The victim says he now believes he was defrauded by the woman, who does not own the property.

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