GARDAÍ is warning students to beware of rental scams before returning to campus, especially those who may be transferring to college for the first time.
503 rental fraud cases were reported to Gardaí between February 2019 and May 2021, amounting to €900,000 theft.
42% of the people affected were under the age of 25 and nearly half of the scams were in the Dublin area.
In the past 18 months, Gardaí has noticed a decrease in accidents, which it attributes to Covid-19 restrictions.
Garday says that while “accommodation scams have decreased in recent months due to Covid 19 restrictions,” “a new generation of third-level students looking for accommodation may be a target for scammers.”
Michael Cryan, Director of Detectives at the Gardaí National Economic Crime Bureau, advises students to use only reconfigured permissive agencies or deal with trusted people.
« Websites can be cloned, check the URL to make sure it’s a real website and note the privacy and refund policy sections, » Cryan said.
“Be very wary of social media ads or when a person who leaves the site only communicates via messenger or WhatsApp. You have to pay for direct answers and if the responses are ambiguous disengage immediately.”
Cryan said potential tenants should watch out for any unsolicited contact or where contact appears to exist outside Ireland, particularly if the contact comes with a sense of urgency, such as the mention of a « one-time offer ».
“If you decide to accept the offer, use only trusted money transfer systems,” Crean said.
“I recommend using a credit card. Never transfer money directly, pay with cash, and pay in cryptocurrency wallets.”
“Be careful if a website asks you to send money to a random PayPal address, send via Western Union, pay with iTunes gift cards or trade with cryptocurrency only. Most of the time, these methods are implemented to avoid scrutiny and ensure that the transaction cannot be undone. « .
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