Charge laid in Langley rental scam case

Charge laid in Langley rental scam case

Man charged with fraud after renter paid deposit to con artist who didn’t own property

A Langley man has been arrested and charged with running a rental scam where people are enticed to put down deposits on properties without the owner’s knowledge.

According to a statement released by RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy, the scam dates back to June where a man obtained a deposit on a property that was not actually available for rent.

Lartgy said a prospective renter responded to an online ad and when they made contact, the person supposedly renting the property met him at a nearby coffee shop.

When the man asked to see the property in person, he was told it wasn’t possible because there were currently tenants in the residence who would be evicted to allow him to move in.

After paying the first month’s rent the man noticed the property was still advertised as available for rent.

It was then they realized they had been defrauded.

READ ALSO: RCMP warns of AirBnb fraud after guest poses as owner in Okanagan

Investigators were able to identify a possible suspect and charges have been laid against Jordan Lunny, a 37 year old Langley resident.

Lunny has been charged with fraud and providing a misleading receipt and is scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court on November 26th.

Largy said it is possible more people have fallen victim to a similar scam and not yet reported the situation to police.

“We would like to encourage those individuals to come forward and make a full report so investigators can follow through with any possible charges,” Largy said.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Rental scam creates headaches for Langley couple

A similar scam was reported later in the year, when two Murrayville residents discovered their hosue was being offered for rent without their consent.

Largy was unable to say if there was a connection with the Lunny case.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Email your cooking questions to Chef Dez at dez@chefdez.com.
ON COOKING: Mulligatawny is tough to spell but a tasty soup

Chef Dez offers up his version of a classic soup

The W.C. Blair Pool will re-open Thursday for time-limited appointment-only swim sessions. (Langley Advance Times files)
Swims at W.C. Blair Pool back, but by appointment only

Most other group exercise has been closed due to pandemic restrictions

Joel Goddard and Susie Fletcher are parents of a baby son. Joel hasn’t been seen since Nov. 10. (Missing Joel Goddard Facebook page)
Family and friends continue searching for missing Langley father

Helicopters, drones and foot searches planned in the coming days

Assistant fire chief Dale Steeple, deputy fire chief Darren Lee, and assistant fire chief Andy Hewitson are the Township’s latest hires in leadership roles. (Bruce Ferguson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Township fire welcomes new members to leadership roles

Department hired two assistant fire chiefs and deputy fire chief

Suspected cocaine, opioids, cash, and ledgers were seized in raids on Nov. 21. (Langley RCMP/Special to the Langley Advance Times)
Three arrested in raid on Langley dial-a-dope ring

Police say the suspects were selling into the Aldergrove area

A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of COVID-19 walks in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The use of masks is mandatory in indoor public and retail spaces in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest day of pandemic with 13 deaths, 738 new COVID-19 cases

Number of people in hospital is nearing 300, while total cases near 30,000

(File photo)
Alberta woman charged after allegedly hitting boy with watermelon at Okanagan campsite

Police say a disagreement among friends at an Adams Lake campsite turned ugly

Court of Appeal for British Columbia in Vancouver. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
B.C. woman loses appeal to have second child by using late husband’s sperm

Assisted Human Reproduction Act prohibits the removal of human reproductive material from a donor without consent

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. projects targeting the restoration of sockeye salmon stocks in the Fraser and Columbia Watersheds will share in $10.9 million of federal funding to protect species at risk. (Kenny Regan photo)
13 projects protecting B.C. aquatic species at risk receive $11 million in federal funding

Salmon and marine mammals expected to benefit from ecosystem-based approach

File photo
Surrey RCMP investigating death threat against Surrey councillor

‘On Monday morning I received a threat on messenger that basically said to put a bullet in me,’ Councillor Jack Hundial told the Now-Leader

Krista Macinnis displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
B.C. mom angry that students asked to list positive stories about residential schools

Daughter’s Grade 6 class asked to write down 5 positive stories or facts

Barrels pictured outside Oliver winery, Quinta Ferreira, in May. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
B.C. Master of Wine reflects on industry’s teetering economic state

Pandemic, for some wine makers, has been a blessing in disguise. For others, not so much.

Most Read