Potential tenants are being scammed by landlords claiming to be a member of the accredited National Landlords Association (NLA) on house renting site Gumtree. If you have been scammed, a payday loan service could help you cover the initial costs of renting a new property.
The NLA have had numerous complaints regarding the scam which involved the victims replying to advertisements with a fake NLA logo next to the rental properties.
The unsuspecting tenants, usually from overseas, were unable to contact the landlord for retrieval of the keys after sending money for the first few months rent.
“Tenants, no matter where they are from, should not send payment to advertisers before they are certain that the advertiser is genuine,” warned NLA Director of Operations Richard Price.
“Overseas applications needing to secure accommodation before they arrive in the UK would be well advised to first seek the help of the employer or university they are coming to.”
A 14% jump in identity fraud compared to the same period in 2009 was also recently revealed by CIFAS, The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service.
‘Helplessness’, ‘vulnerability’ and ‘knowing who to trust’ are all feelings and worries commonly reported by identity theft victims, along with the financial impact and time to rectify the damage.
If you have been victim of a scam and are short of cash to pay for next month’s rent, the payday loan service from payday bank could help. A payday loan is aimed at aiding cash flow problems on a short term basis.