Toronto police lay 21 fraud charges against man in alleged apartment rental scam

Toronto police have charged Bum Joon Kim, 39, in an ongoing fraud investigation into condo rental scams. Handout / Toronto Police Service

Toronto police have charged a man with 21 fraud-related offences after he allegedly posed as a landlord and collected cash deposits on apartment units that were not available for rent.

Police said a man had posted the apartment rental advertisements online from July to October.

He would then meet with the prospective tenants and show them various apartment units that were apparently for rent.

The man allegedly collected cash deposits from the victims, who later found out that the units were not theirs to live in.

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Toronto police arrested Bum Joon Kim, 39, of no fixed address on Monday and charged him with three counts of fraud over $5,000 and 18 counts of fraud under $5,000.

He is scheduled to appear in a Toronto court on Tuesday morning.

Police said anyone who believes they may have been a victim in the investigation is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-5272 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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