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Hackettstown woman loses more than $1,200 in Facebook rental scam

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A 32-year-old Hackettstown woman is out more than $1,200 after falling victim to a Facebook rental scam.

According to police, on August 29, the victim saw a listing for a home for rent in Hackettstown on Facebook and then contacted the listed person.

The victim was given the owner’s phone number and the victim said she contacted Marcus Powell who pretended to be the owner. The victim stated that she was sent an application to apply and she put all her personal information on the form, police said.

The victim then sent Powell approximately $1,225 through Zelle for the rent security, police said.

The victim stated she was supposed to meet with Powell on August 30 to go look at the house but he started giving her the run around, police said.

The victim then made the conclusion that this transaction was a fraud, police said

Police say to report scams by filing a complaint at, and the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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