HUNTERDON RESIDENTS BEWARE OF THIS VACATION RENTAL SCAM

On Tuesday, August 25, Detective Lawrence Anthes charged Maria Tolbert, age 46, of Pilot Mountain, NC with Theft by Deception and Conspiracy. The charges stem from a June 10 report filed by a township resident who booked a vacation rental home online and subsequently deposited $2,000 into Ms. Tolbert’s account. $2,000 was then taken out of Ms. Tolbert’s account and forwarded to an account in Nigeria. When the resident traveled to view the vacation rental home, the resident observed that it was not what was contained in the photographs and, in fact, the property was a home under construction. Restitution has never been made. The summons complaint was mailed directly to Ms. Tolbert and she has not yet been arrested or appeared in a New Jersey court.

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