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Police foil apartment rental scam after victim became suspicious

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 12:15pm

A Thibodaux man was arrested for allegedly scamming someone out of money that was to be used as a deposit for an apartment. The victim, however, realized that something didn’t smell right and quickly discovered that the man was attempting to pull a fast one.

The Thibodaux Police Department reports that the victim was shopping around for an apartment to rent for a friend. On October 1, the victim was approached by Melvin Clark, 36, who claimed that he knew of an apartment for rent. The two exchanged numbers and parted ways.

Over a series of phone calls, the victim was told the apartment had someone interested in it, but if the victim would provide $550 the victim could have it. The victim was told to bring the money to Chase Bank, but was not allowed to view the apartment. Suspicious, the victim drove by the apartment, and discovered someone was living in it.

While Police were speaking with the victim, Police listened in on a phone call telling the victim to bring the money to West 10th Street in Thibodaux. Police went there and found Clark, who had a warrant for failure to appear for court.

Clark was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, where he is being held. He was charged with Attempted Felony Theft over $500 and a District Court Failure to Appear Warrant.


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