Rental fraud continues to claim victims

People looking for rental accommodation online are continuing to be targeted by fraudsters. Victims have reported paying deposits to secure a property that either does not exist or is already occupied.

A new method has also been uncovered. After victims have found accommodation through a well known website, the scammers then request payment through a different domain, for example Home Away or Trip Adviser. Spoofed or false emails are sent to the victim requesting payment. Do not send money to anyone advertising rental properties online until you are certain the advertiser is genuine.

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