Sadly there is yet another scam artist operation in progress across Canada, wherein foreign property owners target renters with deals that seem too good to be true. The scammers operate remotely, sending fake ID to identify themselves and listing fake properties, or real properties that are not actually for rent. The renter wires a security deposit, and does not receive keys in return. See this CBC article for further details:
Teaming up with a professional Realtor helps people avoid situations like this, because we have the tools to verify property ownership and will review any listed properties with clients in person. We also ensure that legally binding contracts are drawn up to protect our clients, and your money is held in escrow until you confirm possession of the property.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions about buying, selling, or renting your property!