WARNING TO STUDENTS OVER GROWING
ACCOMMODATION RENTAL SCAMS
Scam Alert services are warning students about the increase in the number of scams involving students who are losing their money as a result of a recent rise in the number of accommodation scams now being targetted at them.
The main scam appears to be where students keen to secure accommodation send off deposits to what appear genuine rental opportunities, on what appear to be genuine and glossy websites. Sadly a number of these websites have been found to be a scam, and these students have lost the money they had saved for the deposit on their rental.
It is almost impossible to tell a genuine site from a fake these days, so the Action Fraud service are making the following recommendations on their website:
- Only use reputable letting companies.
- Do some online research such as using Google maps to check the property does exist.
- Make an appointment to view the property in person.
- Always view the property prior to paying any advance fees.
- Look out for warning signs, such as landlords requesting a ‘holding deposit’ due to the property being in high demand.
- A landlord will usually conduct some due diligence on any successful applicant. Be wary of handing over cash without the landlord requesting employment or character references.
Further information on this scam can be obtained by
following this link to the Action Fraud site.