Thorold man wanted for fraud in rental scam

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Published December 9, 2021 at 5:26 pm

A Thorold man is wanted by Niagara Police for running a con on a property that he was offering up for rent.

The police say he would show a residential property in Thorold to potential renters that he found online. The victims would then sign a fake lease agreement and give him a deposit to secure the property.

As the move-in date approached, he would call them, saying that they couldn’t move in and that their deposit was non-refundable. The police didn’t specify how much the potential “renters” gave in advance.

While several victims have called the police over the scam, the Niagara Police say they believe there may be more wo were scammed.

Mark Christopher Cipparone, 39, of Thorold is currently wanted by the Niagara Police for fraud over $5,000 and two counts of fraud under $5,000.

He is described as a white male, 6-foot-1 tall, 300 pounds with brown hair in a brush cut, brown-gray full beard and mustache with hazel eyes and glasses.

He has a number of tattoos including tribal designs on his right arm and right calf, the word “Trust” on his left foot, “Loyalty” on his right foot and his last name on his upper back. His photo is below.

Anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts or having information that can assist in this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable David Bozza at 905-688-4111, extension 1009352.

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