A new landlord scam has been highlighted on the Directgov web-site.
Tenants answering ads on web-sites such as Gumtree, fish4 of Craig’s List are being asked to ‘prove that they have enough money’ by transferring money to a friend or relative.
They are then asked to send a scanned copy of the transaction receipt to the ‘landlord’ as proof that they have enough money to rent the property. However, the receipt contains enough information for the criminals to collect the money first.
So if you or someone you know is thinking of renting property, watch out for this.