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PBSO seeks to identify Lake Worth rental fraud suspect

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jun 11, 2018

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) is looking to identify the accomplice of a man recently arrested in connection with a rental fraud scam involving multiple victims.

PBSO arrested Steven Arce recently and charged him with scamming people out of more than $11,000 through rental fraud.

According to PBSO, Arce would post "for rent" signs in various locations throughout central Palm Beach County.  

Once an interested caller would call Arce, he would offer multiple "for rent" locations in the city of Lake Worth to choose from.

Once a residence was chosen, Arce would advise the caller to go to a location to obtain a key from a lock box, then tour the residence.

If the caller agreed to rent the residence, PBSO says Arce would have a third-party meet the caller at a public location and provide a contract, Rental Lease Agreement, get a signature and a cash payment and then follow up with a generic receipt. At the conclusion of this face-to-face meeting, Arce's contact phone number would be disconnected.

Detectives estimate total losses to victims at over $11,000.

PBSO is attempting to identify the unidentified suspect believed to have been used by Arce to take money from the victims of these rental fraud scams.

The suspect's aliases include "Jaffon Hyatt," "Hussain Jaffar," and "Abraham."

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective A. Pfeifle at 561-202-9652 or call Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.