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Posted on: October 9, 2019

Fifteen Year Old Charge in Apartment Scam

LAWRENCE

An arrest warrant has been issued for a 15 year old female from Methuen in connection with an apartment renting scam which was brought to the Department’s attention by concerned members of the community.  The Department posted a warning related to the scam on social media.  As is always the case, the suspect’s identity is being withheld because she is a juvenile. 

The investigation into this matter was led by Lawrence Police Detective Ana Villivazar. The suspect represented through a Facebook post that she had apartment for rent. She and the victim agreed to meet at a location other that the falsely advertised apartment. During the meeting the victim handed the suspect a deposit for the apartment and signed a rental agreement, in turn the suspect provided a cash receipt and key to the apartment. The suspect later attempted to repeat the scam on a second individual, and almost succeeded however the second potential victim was tipped off as a result of a Facebook post from a concerned citizens alerting others to the scam.

The quick resolution of this case once again highlights the importance of members of community looking out for each other, and alerting the police if something does not appear legitimate.

 Cargo Emitido a Una Menor de Quince Años en Estafa de Apartamentos

Se emitió una orden de arresto para una niña de 15 años de Methuen en conexión con una estafa de alquiler de apartamentos que fue llevada a nuestro Departamento a través de miembros de la comunidad preocupados.  El Departamento publicó una advertencia relacionada con la estafa en las redes sociales.  Como siempre es el caso, la identidad de la sospechosa se mantiene oculta porque es una menor.

La investigación sobre este asunto fue dirigida por la detective de la policía de Lawrence Ana Villivazar. La sospechosa representó a través de una publicación de Facebook que tenía un apartamento para alquilar.  Ella y la víctima acordaron encontrarse en un lugar diferente al apartamento falsamente anunciado.  Durante la reunión, la víctima le entregó a la sospechosa un depósito por el apartamento y firmó un contrato de alquiler; a su vez, la sospechosa proporcionó un recibo por el dinero en efectivo y la llave del apartamento.   Más tarde, la sospechosa intentó repetir la estafa a un segundo individuo, y casi tuvo éxito, sin embargo, la potencial segunda víctima fue informada como resultado de una publicación en Facebook por ciudadanos preocupados que alertaron a otros sobre la estafa.

La rápida resolución de este caso una vez más resalta la importancia de que los miembros de la comunidad se cuiden mutuamente y alerten a la policía si algo no parece legítimo.

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