Tourism news: Manhattan luxury building target of tourist scam


NEW YORK – A Manhattan building called Camelot is the target of a scam that offers tourists luxury accommodations – then leaves them in the lurch.

The luxury residential building is just off Times Square.

Internet con artists have been targeting vacationing foreigners who pay upfront for what they think are luxury apartment rentals in midtown Manhattan. Instead, they find doormen who tell them they’re victims of a scammer.

So far this summer, the building has turned away up to 50 would-be clients with fake contracts.

The NYPD does not have jurisdiction over the crimes because the money transfers originate outside the city.