DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are warning the public about recent incidents of rental fraud.

According to RCMP, an unknown suspect has been identified to be utilizing photos of local residences that are presently listed for sale on local realty sites and is using those photos in creating fake rental ads on buy-and-sell sites such as Kijiji or Craigslist.

Police say unwitting victims are providing a damage deposit through online transfer of funds on a home that is not actually available for rent.

When these victims have arrived to move into the home, they have found that no one is there to meet them, during which they discover they had been defrauded.

RCMP ask that the public be aware of rental listings on local buy/sell/rent websites and pay particular attention to the photographs which were added to the listing.