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Phony landlord takes deposit, rent and disappears

Posted at 7:30 PM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 21:04:56-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Lora Thomas looked to move into a rental home to continue raising her two kids.

She said she was out house hunting last week when she drove by 40 Ann Street in Battle Creek. The home had a "for rent" sign in the front yard.

Thomas said she noticed two men doing work on the home, so she dropped in to check it out.

She met a man who identified himself as the landlord. Days later, she gave him $950.

Everything went downhill from there, she said.

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