Quebec cottage owner says fraudster used her property in online scam

 Quebec cottage owner says fraudster used her property in online scam

MONTREAL —
If you’re looking to rent a cottage for a weekend getaway, be careful. Fraudulent activity has increased during the pandemic, and one cottage owner found that out when she got a bizarre knock at her door.

It all began when Gren Cowper thought he found a great deal to rent this cottage in Wentworth North. But when he was emailing with the person who posted the ad on LesPAC.com, he sensed something was off.

“It sounded like a Google translation of English,” he said. “His greetings and salutations were not typical of a Quebecer.”

When Cowper researched the listing, he discovered that the property actually belonged to someone else, Tracy Goodson, who runs a website called CozyCottages.net, where the real ad was posted.

“Someone has stolen my property’s identity,” Goodson told CTV News.

The poster was trying to get interested renters to send a deposit before they could see the place,…

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