CLINTON TWP POLICE WARN OF FLORIDA VACATION RENTAL SCAM

On Sunday, March 6, a resident of Clinton Township reported that over the last several weeks she had been communicating with a person whom she thought was a Florida man in reference to renting his property. After several email communications, the victim sent a deposit of $1,000 to a woman who was represented to be the manager for the property. The woman cashed the check at a Vystar Credit Union on February 8, 2016. After a lapse in time, the victim located an alternate listing for the property owner and called him. Upon making contact with the real property owner, the victim learned that the original advertisement had been fraudulent. In fact, the real property owner advised that this had happened in the past and that the Jacksonville, Florida Police Department is investigating it. The victim has lost a total of $1,512.98 as result of the transaction.