The Kijiji cottage rental was exactly what Pat Fiorino says he was looking for — a decently priced lakeside retreat where he and his family could unwind for six days at the end of August.
Fiorino, a Toronto resident, has rented cottages posted to Kijiji and other sites half a dozen times in past years with no issue, he said. This time also seemed legitimate because he received booking information, a link to more photos and an invoice from the supposed Collingwood cottage owner who went by the name Ian.
Fiorino sent Ian $1,050 by Interac e-Transfer, but said in the days leading up to the vacation, couldn’t reach Ian by phone or email. CBC News also tried to get in touch with him, but he did not respond.
Concerned, Fiorino said he did some sleuthing online and connected with four other people who’d had almost identical experiences when trying to rent the property for their families. More red flags went up when they realized Ian had…