Police are looking for a man who allegedly posed as an apartment broker and posted phony Craigslist ads for rentals on the Lower East Side in a scam that cheated women out of more than $21,000.
The man allegedly scammed 10 women looking to rent apartments on east Sixth and Ninth streets between Jan. 16 and Feb. 1, police say.
In each incident, the man pretended to be a rental agent and posted ads for the apartments online even though he didn’t have permission to lease the spaces, police say.
Each time he took cash deposits of more than $2,000 from his victims, police say. In total, he stole $21,900 from his victims.
The suspect used aliases David Horowitz and Michael Bryant, the NYPD says. The man is wanted on grand larceny charges.
Realtors say a broker asking for cash or to meet on the street are red flags. Legitimate brokers also have to register with the New York Department of State by name, and consumers should check the state site.
If you know anything about the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.