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Islanders Warned About Rental Scams

Guernsey Police are asking people to be careful when paying deposits for properties as another scam has been reported.

It comes after an individual was scammed out of a cash for a home that doesn't exist.

Police say the scam artist had provided a fake lease, address and property description to convince the victim to pay half of a deposit before a viewing.

Trading Standards recommends that islanders follow this advice to avoid similar occurrences:

- Only use letting agents and landlords that you know, trust or have good references for 
- Don't fall for offers that look 'too good to be true' because they probably are
- Don't transfer any money before visiting the property and making sure the landlord owns it 
- Watch out for people who want you to pay money immediately
- Where possible, pay using a protected method such as a credit card

The owner of a property can also be checked by requesting a copy of the deed from the Greffe for £2 a page. Most deeds are two or three pages long.

A spokesperson for Guernsey Police says people should continue to be wary.

“We would advise people looking to rent a property to be on their guard when entering into a rental agreement for a property which is advertised on social media and not connected to a local reputable letting agent. We would also advise people not to pay any deposits unless they have met the owner of the property or a verified representative in person if it is a private let."

Anyone who thinks they have encountered a scam should contact the police or Action Fraud.

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