From The BBC:
Students looking for accommodation are being warned to beware of bogus landlords advertising on the internet.Scotland Yard is telling would-be tenants of the dangers of sending money before seeing a property. The scam typically involves bargain properties in adverts posted on free listing websites in student cities. The “landlord” tells victims that the property can only be viewed if they give their bank account details. The money is then stolen. The Metropolitan Police’s Fraud Prevention Team has been monitoring the scams. In a review of a recent week’s worth of reports on internet-related crime, it found almost a third involved this type of housing scam. “Things to watch out for are adverts where there are no telephone numbers or where the only e-mail address is a free one – a Hotmail or Google e-mail address – where you’re not sure really who you are dealing with,” said Det Sgt Chris Felton.
Raj Singh, who recently came from Canada to London to start a law degree, was the victim of…
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