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Thursday, September 7, 2023

Police warn over social media property scams

Detectives from the fraud team at North Wales Police Economic Crime Unit are warning the public to be vigilant against a scam that is happening on Facebook Marketplace and other online platforms. 

They say there’s recently been an increase in the amount of fraud committed in which potential tenants are paying a deposit to view a property that either doesn’t exist or is already occupied. 

Often, people who are already renting a property have had visits from people wanting to view, who have all paid deposits ranging from £125 to £1000.

Detective Constable Rachel Roberts said: "The property rental market is currently very competitive, and potential tenants may be fooled into thinking that paying a deposit will help them secure a property.

"Legitimate landlords will never ask you to pay money just to view a property, and we would encourage anyone who receives such a request to contact us via our live webchat or by calling 101.”

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