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Altona woman urges caution after nearly falling victim to real estate scam - PembinaValleyOnline.com

After nearly losing $500 to the Real Estate Scam, an Altona-area woman is urging potential renters to be careful. Lorraine Friesen responded to an online ad for a house available for rent in Altona, and says it seemed legitimate.

“They wanted to know how long I could lease it, one to three years is what they were suggesting. They had the form ready for all of the information that they needed. Everything was there,” she explained, adding the ‘homeowner’ also had a reason for why they weren’t living in the house. “They were doing mission work […] and basically they were not going to sell it (the house), they were just going to rent it.”

She ended up sending an e-transfer for the $500 damage deposit, however her bank flagged the transaction and her money was returned. “They caught it! (I) didn’t lose a penny.”¬†

“It’s a bit of a

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