Fake renter

A U. of I. student reported that she had been the victim of fraud. The student received a social media message from a person who purported to be interested in an apartment sublease that the student’s roommate had advertised on Facebook. The interested person sent a digital image of check for $2,500 to cover the first month’s $440 in rent and directed the student to send the $2,060 balance to a third party. The student did so, and then several days later was informed by her bank that the original check was invalid.