Donna Casey of CANOE CNews recently wrote an article about yet another Carpet Scam in Ottawa, Canada.
As reported by Casey, a man represented himself as the seller of rugs an elderly local (Mr. Grogas) purchased several years back. After meeting Grogas at his home and showing a few carpets, he stated the need to acquiring funds in the interest of releasing merchandise tied up in Customs. The 'seller' explained some $8,000 was in order for reconciliation of Customs fees so the goods may be released. After consideration and negotiation, the elderly customer brought the rug merchant to his bank where he then withdrew $8,000 in cash and handed it to the rug seller.
After feeling uncomfortable about the situation, Grogas contacted local police and explained what had occurred. In what had initially seemed a harmless interaction, the evolution of how this story unrolled has local officials raising their brow. Many questions to be answered, although it seems like just another case of a Carpet scam.
While the nature of this particular instance was somewhat more unusual, unfortunately, scams, misrepresentation, and 'rug burns' are rampant both locally and online.