Rental 'scam' led to mover's overnight drop in Ottawa driveway, woman says

An online rental scam appears to the source of confusion that led to the contents of someone's home being unloaded in the driveway of an unsuspecting Ottawa homeowner in the middle of the night.

Mover returns to pick up load after apparent online rental scam

Kit Pullen takes CBC News on a tour of all the stuff he found on his driveway Wednesday morning. 1:40

An online rental scam appears to be what led to the contents of someone's home being unloaded in the driveway of an unsuspecting Ottawa homeowner in the middle of the night.

Kit Pullen woke up this morning thinking he'd have to shovel some snow from his driveway.

But that wasn't all he found.

The family car was trapped in the garage behind a big pile of household items. (CBC News)

At some point in the night, a U-Haul truck pulled up to his Ottawa home on Parkglen Drive and two men unloaded everything inside it. 

The big pile, taller than Pullen, was left right in front of the garage door, trapping the family car inside.

"It looks like it's the contents of somebody's house or apartment, dumped here at four o'clock this morning by somebody in a U-Haul truck," Pullen said Wednesday morning. "Fortunately, we don't need the car this morning."

Online rental scam

Nikki Wilson told CBC News in a text message that she posted an ad on Kijiji searching for a new home in Ottawa as she planned for a move from Napanee, Ont.

She said she didn't realize the couple who responded to her ad had caught her in a "scam" until it was too late.

"I just wanted a new start, a place to finally call home and make my own life with my family," she wrote. "How can people be so cruel in this world."

U-Haul driver Richard Lalonde told CBC News that he left Wilson's belongings in the driveway on Parkglen Drive because he could not reach her and needed the truck empty for a morning job in Kingston.​​

U-Haul driver Richard Lalonde left a client's belongings in an Ottawa driveway in the middle of the night — then returned to pick the load up after he was told she was the victim of a rental scam. 0:50

"By the time we were heading home, that's when she messaged back and said, 'You dropped off the stuff at the wrong place. It was a scam,'" he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, he returned to Parkglen Drive to pick up the load and to bring it back to Napanee.

"It's just unfortunate," he said. "I want to make sure that everything is OK. I want her to have her stuff back."

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