How to recognise a rental scam?

14 january 2017 - A rental scam is generally an ad that’s too good to be true – very well situated, nice photos and obviously a rent that’s just too low.

How to recognise a rental scam?

A rental scam is generally an ad that’s too good to be true – very well situated, nice photos and obviously a rent that’s just too low.

What does it look like?

When you answer this kind of ad, the so-called owner will usually say he is currently out of the country for professional reasons and that he is looking for a trustworthy person to occupy the premises in his absence.

After several no doubt polite email exchanges, he will tell you that he has a last minute hitch and will not be able to visit the premises with you. This is when he will ask you for an advance, usually through « Western Union » to reserve the premises. He will promise that once the funds are received, he will send you the keys by express… and you’ve fallen for it!

If a month’s rent or advance is requested, never pay in cash and certainly don’t send anything via « Western Union ». Opt for a payment to a Swiss bank.

And don’t forget! Taking professional advice will keep you out of trouble.