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Woman Paid $3K for Non-Existent Apartment in Online Scam, Police Say

By Dartunorro Clark | February 21, 2017 5:09pm
 When the woman went to look for the apartment, she discovered the apartment did not exist, police said.
When the woman went to look for the apartment, she discovered the apartment did not exist, police said.
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EAST HARLEM — A woman searching for a new city home was swindled out of $3,000 by an online scammer, police said.

The 61-year-old East Harlem resident was looking for apartments online and found one for $3,000-a-month in Brooklyn, she told police. She did not specify what website she was using.

After contacting the poster, she met with him in person on Feb. 16 around 3:45 p.m. to exchange money for the keys, police said.

The man gave the victim two bronze keys and she gave him the money. But when she went to the apartment — listed as being on State Street — she discovered the address did not exist, police said.

She reported the incident to police two days later.

She told police the man who gave her the keys stood 5-foot-7 and weighed about 150 pounds.