Apartment seekers get scammed in Queens

Cell phone photo of suspect wanted in apartment scams in Queens

May 11, 2012 9:33:13 PM PDT
Investigators are trying to stop an apartment scammer in Queens who has made off with thousands of dollars.

According to police, the victims spotted a flyer for vacant apartments on a utility pole. They would call the number and set up an appointment.

After being shown the apartments the suspect requests a deposit to hold the apartment.

After the deposit is left and the victims attempt to contact the suspect to move in, the cell number is disconnected.

NYPD says this scam happened at least a half-dozen times last October and November, with the victims ranging in age from their 20s to their 40s.

The suspect made off with more than $8,000 in the six incidents.

He is described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, 5'08"-5'10" in height, 150lbs with dark hair.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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