Darien man out $2.5k after online scam
Published 3:50 pm, Tuesday, June 13, 2017
DARIEN — A 51-year-old Darien man wired almost $2,500 to a con artist claiming to be renting out an apartment in Stamford.
In May, the victim had been texting and emailing with a “Cory Hopper” regarding an apartment rental at 101 Park Square in Stamford, after seeing the rental advertised on Craigslist. “Hopper” began pressuring the victim to wire money to him to secure the apartment or else the victim would risk losing the apartment. On June 7 around 6:30 p.m., the victim wired $2,482.05 from his bank account to the account of “Luis King” at United Bank of Charleston, S.C.
After wiring the money, the victim contacted the leasing office at 101 Park Square and found there was no “Cory Hopper” or “Luis King” working there. He also found out the Stamford police had been notified about the scam from other potential victims.
The victim called his bank to stop the wire transfer, but it was unclear if he was able to stop it in time. The victim’s bank and the scammer’s bank are aware of the incident and are investigating.
Darien police, who are also looking into the incident, urged residents to be careful of online or wire transactions.