Users are wising up to ‘dangers of online rental fraud’


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With July being Fraud Awareness Month, the subject of online rental fraud has been brought into the spotlight by Nick Marr, co-founder of TheHouseShop.com, who is keen to plug his firm’s property ownership verification system for all private advertisers.

With some prospective tenants seeking out private landlords online and cutting out the traditional letting agent, scammers and fake landlords have been making money by targeting renters looking to secure a property, and that is where TheHouseShop’s new online platform is designed to help.

Marr reports that a growing number of scammers are posing as landlords to post fake adverts on classified ad sites and other free-to-list platforms, before attempting to convince potential tenants to transfer a holding deposit or up-front fee, which can amount to more than £1,000, in order to secure the property without ever having seen it in person.


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