Apartment for Rent….or Not!
Over the last 3 days, Methuen Police Officers have taken at least 2 reports of scams originating with a fake “Apartment for Rent” add on Craigslist. In both cases, the victims were scammed out of money to hold the apartment.
Here are the facts. The victim, while searching for a Methuen apartment for rent on Craigslist, comes across one and messages the person who posted the add. Texting conversation ensues and the two agree to meet in a public place in Methuen. During this meet up, money is exchanged to “hold” the apartment and the renter is given a date for a viewing. In both cases, the renter never sees from or hears from the add poster again. The phone number provided is now out of service and the renter is now out cash.
The suspect goes by the name of Candace Parker. She has a dark complexion and large build.
If you or anyone you know has had similar dealings with this woman, please contact the police station at 978-983-8698.