Park City police probe suspected $7,000 rental scam |

Park City police probe suspected $7,000 rental scam

The Park City Police Department in the middle of November fielded a complaint about a suspected scam involving a residence that was advertised as a rental, a case that was logged shortly before the ski season was scheduled to start.

The agency on Nov. 13 at 3:45 p.m. received the report, which involved a residence on the 400 block of Woodside Avenue. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said a person from California was attempting to book a rental that was advertised online. The police were told the booking was for an unspecified number of days during the ski season and was on behalf of the person’s business, Kirk said.

The person made two wire transfers, in August and October, totaling $7,000, the police were told. The person became suspicious when someone representing the rental unit started “acting unprofessionally,” Kirk said.

Kirk said the investigation is continuing and the case appears to be a suspected fraud.

Fraud cases involving rentals in Park City are occasionally reported, particularly as the ski season approaches or during the ski season itself.

Kirk said people considering rentals should be “extra careful” when booking.

“This time of year we get these types of frauds,” Kirk said. “You’ve got to be very careful.”