Fake ad shows photos of apartment ‘for rent’ in Galway and has appeared on Facebook housing groups in Galway – as well as in Dublin, Cork, Amsterdam and Oslo
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Shameless crooks have been caught advertising a fake apartment to up-and-coming tenants around the world.
The fake ad shows photos of an apartment “for rent” in Galway and has appeared in Facebook housing groups in Galway – as well as in Dublin, Cork, Amsterdam and Oslo.
The same is said to be exploited by three different Facebook accounts, Cork Beo reports.
An eagle-eyed woman warned another online after seeing her on multiple Facebook pages.
She warned: “Watch out for all the rental scams going around right now, this same message was posted to rental groups in Cork, Dublin and Oslo.”
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The ad reappeared on the Dublin Housing Group on Tuesday, and while many requested a visit, a few said it was a scam because the deal seemed too good to be true.
One person wrote: “This is a scam. No question that a T3 in D2 costs 500 euros including invoices. Seen before and it was a scam.
Another person mocked the scammer, commenting, “Yeah, come meet me around the corner, bring the money, and I’ll give you the keys, but I’m on a break so you’ll have to go on your own.”
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The apartment was even advertised in several different European student towns with crooks changing the currency.
The crooks promise that the apartment is close to the universities concerned, including Utrecht, Wageningen and Groningen in the Netherlands.
The ad promises that an “80 square foot apartment has a spacious living room with a 55” TV, surround sound, and a comfy corner sofa. It shares a half wall with a workspace with separate desks for working or playing! “
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He adds: “In the kitchen you will see a breakfast nook, a large pantry and a common laundry room leading to the garage. Lots of windows and light are fully furnished, for longer or short term lease. “
In one of the scam posts, the advertiser describes himself as the roommate the person would live with, bizarrely adding that he is “a physical therapist, a crossfitter, a bookworm, a board game nerd and a fan of ice Hockey”.
Gardai is warning students to be wary of people advertising rooms through social media where the person will only communicate through Messenger or WhatsApp.
They also said that people who pressure you with a “one-time-only deal” should be avoided.