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FPD issues rental scam alert

 

Last updated 7/26/2022 at 9:42pm | View PDF

Fountain Police Department is alerting the community that there is an individual posing as a property owner/realtor attempting to scam people out of money. The person usually communicates via text with a phone number of 719-283-7008.

One of the victims of this scam originally communicated with a female claiming to be Savannah Lynne Nienaber, FPD said. Some residents say there are other people and names involved in identical scams.

The identity this suspect has been recently using is Alexander Pawlicki. He even provides a photo copy, via text, of an Illinois driver's license for an Alexander Pawlicki.

"Alexander" utilizes online sites such as Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace to advertise available rental properties. He then requests payments for the rental agreement, a non-refundable deposit, and rent paid through a Zelle account with an associated email of: [email protected]

"We understand the economy is tough right now and we are all looking for a great deal on properties, but if it sounds too good to be true it usually is!" an FPD source said.

Please double check with the rental property you are looking at and the associated rental property company before providing any money through social media or other apps to include Apple Pay, Zelle, FB Marketplace, or Paypal.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, contact the dispatch center at (719) 390-5555.

 

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