Fake apartment sublet

At the beginning of the year, a University of Illinois student sought a summer sublet in New York and received a message from someone on Reddit claiming to have an available apartment. After switching to text messages, the scammer emailed a sublet agreement, and the student paid a $1,200 deposit through CashApp. Upon arriving in New York, the landlord contacted the student about a package delivered to the apartment, revealing that the individual he was subletting from had been evicted and had been running this scam for some time. The student contacted police, and the scammer eventually refunded the student’s money due to “ongoing issues.”