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Woman Scamming Apartment Hunters Out of Hundreds of Dollars: NYPD

The 24-year-old suspect has been collecting hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting victims, police say

What to Know

  • Police are looking for a woman who allegedly pretended to be a real estate agent and scammed multiple people.
  • Police reported three incidents where victims called about an apartment they saw online.
  • All three victims paid a security deposit and the suspect left the location and was unable to be reached after the payment was made

Police say they’re looking for a woman who allegedly scammed other women out of hundreds of dollars by pretending to be a real estate agent for apartment in Brooklyn. 

The alleged scams began in April, when a 22-year-old woman answered an online ad for an apartment to rent in Bensonhurst, according to police. The victim met with the fake real estate agent and gave her $500 as security deposit for what she thought was the apartment she'd be getting.

After the two parted ways, the suspect, identified by police as 24-year-old Mahabbat Abdualieva, couldn't be reached again. 

That same night, another 30-year-old woman answered the same online ad and for the apartment, and gave Abdualieva $200 to secure the apartment, police said. Abdualieva again left and was never able to be reached after taking the money. 

Months later, according to police, close to midnight July 10, Abdualieva allegedly struck again, this time in Midwood. Police said a 24-year-old woman answered an online ad for an apartment to rent and met Abdualieva. She turned over $700 for what she though was a security deposit for the apartment -- but Abdualieva left and couldn't be reached again. 

Abdualiev is described as 5-feet-6 and 120 pounds.

Police are asking anyone with information on the suspect to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or go to

Police also said Wednesday they're looking for a man in a separate apartment scam in Queens. 

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