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Veteran’s sister said she was duped by Raleigh woman’s rental scam

February 13, 2019 GMT

A Raleigh woman is facing charges after authorities said she tried to rent out apartments she didn’t own.

Winifred Terrelle Brown, 48, of 8901 New Windsor Place, is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses after she reportedly listed several properties for rent on social media and then pocketed the deposits given to her by potential renters.

Dorothy Little holds a key that was supposed to open the door to a new apartment for her brother, who is a veteran.

“It won’t open any door that I know of,” Little said of the key.

Little said the woman who gave her that key never had the right to rent the advertised apartment in the first place.

When Little met Brown, she said Brown introduced herself as “Wendy” from the Veterans Station of North Carolina.

“She was representing herself as the property manager there,” Little said of Brown.

Little even vetted Brown through a Google search.

“I read the article and it was so positive, and I was like wow, this has got to be a blessing,” Little said.

Little moved forward in the rental process.

“She told me I needed to go ahead and make a down payment, because other people were looking at the property,” Little said.

Little wrote two checks, totaling $2,000.

“When I went over to the unit, of course I couldn’t get it,” Little said.

Little said she asked for her money back, but Brown told her to talk to the property managers. Little said she knew then that the deal wasn’t legitimate.

“I heard the warning signs, but I was just so concerned with getting a place for my brother, I just kind of ignored it until it was just too late,” Little said.

Little said she doesn’t believe that she will get her money back, but she is sharing her experience with the hope that other veteran families won’t also be scammed.

Brown was being held at the Wake County Detention Center on Tuesday night and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.