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Gumtree to meet with the RLA over scam ads

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Bosses at internet auction site Gumtree will meet with the Residential Landlords Association to discuss scam in which fraudsters posing as landlords demand cash for viewings.
The RLA issued a warning over the online advertisements which often include cloned logos from websites including the RLA’s DepositGuard scheme.

 

Bosses at internet auction site Gumtree will meet with the Residential Landlords Association to discuss scam in which fraudsters posing as landlords demand cash for viewings.

The RLA issued a warning over the online advertisements which often include cloned logos from websites including the RLA’s DepositGuard scheme.

The ads often show a very attractive and affordable flat.  But when prospective tenants call to arrange a viewing they are typically told that the landlord lives far way, sometimes abroad and that they must provide a deposit to secure a viewing – a figure usually in the region of £1,500.

However once the cash has been paid they never hear from the scammers again.

Since the warning was issued Gumtree has contacted the RLA saying representatives are happy to sit down with the RLA to talk about the best way to tackle the issue.

If you think you have become a victim of a scam of this kind contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

About the author

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

1 Comment

  • Gumtree should develop an algorithm to detect, vet and remove such scam adverts in the same way good job boards do for scam jobs.

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