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Police hunting for Queens rental scammers

Renters were shocked to find that they shelled out hefty sums for occupied units.
Images of the three suspects released by police. (Provided)

Police are searching for a group of suspects who are believed to be behind a Queens apartment rental scam.

The public is being warned about the operation that has conned renters out of thousands of dollars for already occupied units advertised on Facebook, ABC7 reported. Photos of the suspects were released Monday.

The scam’s first victim, a 40-year-old woman, met with a man in East Elmhurst on April 1, handing him $1,400 in return for apartment keys. To her surprise, the space already had tenants.

Two more renters were tricked, shelling out $1,800 each in Elmhurst and East Elmhurst when they trusted that they were paying for vacated units.

On June 6, the latest case occurred in a Flushing neighborhood, where one of the con men cheated a victim out of $1,500.

Authorities have not yet identified the suspects, and the NYPD has urged anyone who may have information to call the Crime Stoppers unit at (800) 577-TIPS.