Apartment scams

Last night’s BBC One’s Watchdog talked about a scam affecting bogus apartment advertisements. Those in UK will be able to access this here.

While watching the show, I noticed a few glaring similarities to one of our own blog entries, in that both reports talked about the abuse of internet sites advertising apartments/flats. I suspect that this new scam isn’t just happening in London but in major cities throughout the World.

Assessing levels of trust on the internet is a difficult thing to do, and SophosLabs would encourage you to be more circumspect on the Internet. If you are looking for flats I would suggest you think about the following:

  • Ring up the phone number. Is it within the same area code as the flat? If it is a cell ask for a landline.
  • Ask for proof of ownership.
  • Ask for references.
  • Always try and have a viewing.