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Bay Area Woman Scammed Out of More Than $1,000 for For Fake Apartment

WOMAN SCAMMED OUT OF MORE THAN $1K BY FAKE APARTMENT AD BCN5 -APARTMENT SCAM DALY CITY (BCN)

A woman interested in renting a Daly City apartment she saw online was allegedly tricked into wiring more than $1,000 to a suspect who posed as a property manager last week, police said today.

On Friday, a 30-year-old San Francisco woman told Daly City police that the incident began the week before when she responded to an ad on Craigslist.com about an apartment for rent in the 600 block of Sylvan Avenue. The alleged property manager, who went by the name “Nathaniel Turker,” responded and gave the woman his phone number.

The woman said that when she called the number, the ringtone sounded “odd” but she didn’t give it much thought. The fake manager then sent her an application, which the woman filled out and returned to him, according to police.

A week later, the woman said “Turker” called her and asked if she could provide a $1,000 security deposit. When the woman said the amount was too high, the fake manager to her to instead wire him $500.

The next day, however, the suspect called the woman again and said another potential renter was willing to pay the full amount if she couldn’t match it, police said. The woman then agreed to transfer $1250 to the account number provided. The suspect told the woman that once the transfer was complete, he would meet her at the apartment for a walkthrough. After she got off the phone, the woman became suspicious and looked up the property on the internet and obtained the property manager’s number.

When the woman called the property manager, the manager told her that the apartment she was interested in was occupied and not available. When asked if a “Nathaniel Turker” worked there, the manager said he had never heard that name before, according to police.

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