Aiken woman reports rental scam to ACSO

A 17-year-old Aiken woman looking for a home to rent said she was the victim of a scam, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim said she was looking for a home to rent, and after placing a couple of ads, was notified by an unknown suspect claiming to be the owner of a home on Holley Lake Road, according to the report. The ensuing email conversation resulted in the victim and suspect agreeing to lease and rental terms on the property, and the victim sending two money orders to the suspect for the down payment and one month’s rent.

The victim was told that she would be receiving the rental agreement and the keys in the mail within a few days, but that never happened, according to the report. The victim reportedly contacted the rental company through which she believed she was leasing the home and discovered the homeowner never spoke with anyone about renting it.

“The third party was unlawfully representing himself to scam the victim out of money,” the report stated.

Public Safety investigates break-in

The Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating a break-in that was reported at the construction site of The Fresh Market on Whiskey Road on Tuesday.

The project superintendent told officers he arrived at the site on Tuesday morning to continue work and noticed that the door to the contractor office had been forced open, according to the report. The frame of the door was damaged as if someone had kicked the door in.

Several items were taken from the office, including a printer and scanner, a power drill kit, a gas-powered heater, a box of drill bits and a laser tape measurer, according to the report.

The Fresh Market, which is a chain of gourmet supermarkets based in Greensboro, N.C., is expected to open its Aiken location later this year.