For-sale listing hijacked in elaborate confidence game

An Ottawa, Canada, woman who advertised her condo for sale on Grapevine and Kijiji says she was shocked when the listing showed up on another website at less than half the price.

The bogus seller of another fraudulent listing asked a CBC reporter to wire a $12,000 deposit to hold a home, providing a link to the website of a fake Toronto law firm that would supposedly close the deal.

Police told CBC that fraudulent websites targeting renters are not uncommon, but it’s rare for someone to try to sell a home they don’t own. Source: