A man in the Suffolk County section of New York’s Long island who falsely claimed to be a realtor was arrested for scamming people out of tens of thousands of dollars for rental properties.
ABC7NY.com reported 24-year-old Christian Anderson, who also went by the alias Benjamin Conyers, found rental properties online in the towns of Mastic and Mastic Beach and then relisted them on a social media website with the fraudulent claim that he was the realtor for the properties. Police said that Anderson held meetings with people who responded to his postings in bank parking lots and gave them fake residential contracts and keys in exchange for cash deposits.
The victims realized they were scammed when they arrived at the properties to discover the keys didn’t work or the housing was occupied. Anderson blocked or deleted his social media account and ignored communications from his victims after being paid.
Anderson was charged with two counts of grand larceny and a scheme to defraud.