A 58 year old phony landlord is the target of a Toronto police fraud investigation.
Robert Charles Reid, who may also be using the aliases Lee Walder or Brad Lawson, is taking advantage of the city’s housing crisis by duping would be renters out of deposits on properties he doesn’t own.
In the past few months, Reid has rented properties short term and advertised them on websites like Craigslist as long term rentals. After luring multiple potential tenants, he would collect deposits, then disappear.
Police are warning the public of the scam and encouraging anyone who makes contact with Reid to come forward with any information to investigators.