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Housing market drawing shady operators

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Nelson provided Moller’s phone number to Pique . When contacted at the number that was provided and asked if he was Richardson Moller, the person on the other end of the line hung up.

Nelson also provided Lane Craig’s number in Miami. When asked to hand the phone to Lane Cheryl Craig, the person on the other end of the line said, “No, you have the wrong number” and hung up. She did this again when contacted by Pique a second time.

Nelson has filed a police report with the Whistler RCMP but doesn’t expect much to come of it because he hasn’t put any payment through to the Craigs or to Adeyemo.

Staff Sergeant Steve Leclair with the Whistler RCMP said there’s plenty that officers can do to investigate instances of rental fraud, though he said it’s often a question of money.

“If it’s a widespread-type fraud, if somebody is benefiting in Canada, we’d certainly go after the Canadian party,” he said. “But if it’s somebody in another country, we’d have to weigh the public interest.

“We’re not going to spend $100,000 on an international investigation of a $2,200 theft in Canada.”

Leclair added that, being a Whistler resident himself, he is personally aware of the community’s rental market and has heard “anecdotally” about rental fraud. But he also said that he exercises caution when renting and asks others to do the same.