Members of the public are being asked to be vigilant, as Toronto Police investigate ongoing cottage fraud. Officials say starting in June, several people have responded to an advertisement for a cottage on Three Mile Lake in Emsdale on Kijiji.ca and Craigslist.ca. In the advertisement, the suspects describe the cottage rental as 1600-square-feet, on spring-fed, Three Mile Lake with the e-mail address of seasonalrentals.yahoo.com. The suspects have been using the name David and Melissa white, and have requested payments be made through e-mail money transfers. Once receiving the money, the suspects stop all communication. Police believe there could be other victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1456, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.
3 Responses to “Residents warned about ongoing cottage fraud”
August 31st, 2012 at 12:20 am
Also experienced similar experience posting was for a waterfront coboconk rental that sleeps 12 . Renters beware very professional the name we dealt with was Jessa fron rentalsinc, all a scam we gave her 1000 cash, half the cottage amount plus deposit, she had fake documents, all the answers, extremely nice, accommodating etc. apparently last weekend 13 people were up looking for this none existent cottage, and another family same thing, she has made almost 4000 and prob much more, she was in her 30s, Spanish looking, black hair, about 135lbs and 5’3. She will tell you her office is downtown, but has accommodated clients in a midpoint location, she provided fake agreement and receipt. When we emailed today, supposed to meet her tomorrow at the cottage to get the keys and have a walk through to ensure the cottage has no damages, her email has been deleted, add is off of kijiji, first and last time. Unbelieable…upsetting….and very very angry, be careful who you trust.
August 31st, 2012 at 12:23 am
She also met at a baskin robins at younge and steels which she also met the other victims there as well, she called from the location.
September 7th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
This happened to me too. I met her at the baskin robins, gave her 600$ cash, signed all the forms. She seemed very pleasant, told me the lady was her “assistant” but it was actually “Jess” who I was meeting and speaking to.
Please be careful, I am very upset and I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I went to the police, they are investigating.