JULY is Fraud Awareness Month and TheHouseShop.com is leading a drive to crack down on scams by bogus landlords, like this one narrowly avoided by Annie Stanford, 26.
The account manager from Hackney, East London, was looking for a flat to rent last year and spotted one she liked on a classified ad site.
But alarm bells rang when the landlord asked her to wire him the deposit – to an account in a different name. She says: “I turned detective and found the same property on a local estate agent’s website. It had been rented out six months earlier. I nearly lost £1,000.