Student Accommodation, Student Housing, Student Homes, Student Property, Student Houseshare
Learn how to avoid Online Student Houseshare Scams
Essential guidelines when looking for a student house share to avoid being scammed:
- Payment by Money transfer: Money transfers can’t be traced (e.g. Western Union) and that’s why scammers use this method to receive payment.
Be very cautious if a housesharer requests you use money transfer service.
Be prepared to ask if they will accept an alternative payment means.
Also never pass on a receipt for a money transfer even if the transaction was carried out with friends or family - receipts allow scammers to access the funds.
- Always actually visit the house: The best method to confirm if a house share is bona fide is to visit the property and meet the person letting it out.
Be suspicious of anyone who refuses to let you visit the room.
- Based abroad: Most scams come from abroad if someone tells you they are abroad on holiday or on a business trip be apprehensive,
particularly if they say you can’t see the room because of this.
- Paying money upfront: Deposits are standard in renting, paying money upfront to secure a room is certainly not.
Make sure you see the room and meet the person before you pay any money upfront.
- Pushiness: For example if the housesharer states you must pay by money transfer and nothing else be careful.
Scammers must make you do things in a certain fashion if you’re uncertain be assertive and ask questions, remember you can say “no” and there are plenty of other rooms.
- It looks to good to be true: Sounds too cheap? Looks absolutely fantastic like it’s a five star hotel?
Steer clear of very cheap rents for the area or very professional looking photos.