MORE expat victims, who used to keep silent in the latest apartment renting scam in Shanghai, have come forward to Shanghai Daily with their experience of being cheated by a runaway Canadian landlord and then evicted by apartment owners.
Seven new victims contacted Shanghai Daily today, increasing the total number to 60. The amount of the money involved in the case also rose to 340,000 yuan (US$53,883) from yesterday's 300,000 yuan. Victims, especially young exchange students with no income, said they are facing finical crisis in Shanghai with not much money to find place to live now.
The victims said Ryan Fedoruk, a 40-year-old Canadian and former English teacher, "disappeared" from the city after he allegedly cheated their money as he rented 30 apartments in the city and subleased the rooms to 80-plus tenants throughout last year.
The victims are now pleading police to investigate into the case, after some of them reported to police but were told that the case cannot be accepted because of a lack of evidence to prove it's a fraud.
Manuel Rojias Soto, a 24-year-old student from Mexico, said he and his roommates were asked by apartment owners to pack up and leave their apartment in two hours yesterday. His roommate, 21-year-old Albert Tsou from the United States, said he had to stay in a cheap hostel and he is running out of money.
The victims said they trusted Fedoruk and signed on his contracts because they'd trust a foreigner from the same background as them in a strange place and they don't actually know how to rent an apartment in Shanghai.