Woman victim to Ludlow house rental scheme

Make sure to do online exchanges at your local ‘safe zones’

Photo courtesy Belchertown Police Department
Photo courtesy Belchertown Police Department

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A Ludlow man was arrested last week after a local resident reported being a victim of a renting scheme.

According to the Belchertown Police Facebook page, on November 22nd, the victim reported she had replied to an ad on Craigslist to rent a house in Ludlow, but after meeting with the alleged suspect to exchange money and filling out an application for rent, she realized it had been a scheme.

Belchertown Police investigated the incident, and on November 23rd, the alleged schemer, James Torrey of Ludlow, was arrested and charged with larceny over $250 by false pretense, police said. Torrey was arraigned at the Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on November 25th, and bail was “revoked due to outstanding cases in other courts.”

Police are encouraging residents to be careful when making online purchases or arrangements, and use a safe location for the exchange, like the Belchertown Police Department parking lot. They also suggest you ask to see identification during the exchange, and “in cases similar to this, do research about the property via the town’s assessor’s office or online searches.”

If you have any concerns or questions when making an online arrangement, don’t hesitate to call your local police department.

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