The Fake Letting Ad scam


This is where an advertisement is placed on one of the online letting sites (such as Gumtree) by a fraudster.  Often the advert will include cloned logos which will give the advert a false impression of authority.

The advert will typically be for an competitively priced property where the landlord is resident abroad and demand an upfront fee from the prospective tenant before they can view the property.

Needless to say no landlord or agent shows up at the viewing and the applicant loses their money.


Letting agents should not charge an up front fee to view a property.  In any case you should always be very careful and do checks before parting with any cash to make sure that you are dealing with the real property owner or agen



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