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Housing hoaxes?

Hi everyone

I've been in email contact with someone in regards to renting a property in Zurich, funny thing is it seems too good to be true and the person who is renting out the property is away a lot so I can't get to personally view the apartment.

They also asked for the following details from me:


"For us to proceed, there has to be a tenement agreement document which would confirm us as flatmates and also would be a guideline for our living as flatmates. For this document to be prepared, do get back to me with:



- Your Full names as you want them to appear on the contract
- Your move in date
- Your planned move out date ( or Contract period); this period can be either extended or terminated.

- Your address for me to send you your keys to your room and the apartment, your rent receipt and also your rent document.
- Your scanned ID/Passport for Identification.


Once my lawyer gets these details, the contract shall be prepared and then the next step would be for You to sign on the the contract confirming that you have reserved the room and also make payment to my mother and this payment would have to be made before you move in."

And has given me the exact address of the apartment so I can look at the surroundings near the apartment. Thing is everythingI have learnt he I have heard the hard way so I'm very weary and cautious as a 1000chf deposit/bond is required and I don't want to be duped out of my money.
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Re: Housing hoaxes?

this format has come up before - it was a scam.

deposits are made using a seperate bank account for that purpose
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Yeah. It's a scam.
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Re: Housing hoaxes?

Thanks I thought it might be, so relieved I didn't fall for it that would have been a costly lesson. I thought someone has probably previously come across it, is it quite common here?
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Re: Housing hoaxes?

It is a hoax.
We fell foul to this sort of thing before moving over. Thankfully we realised before sending money etc but had to get a new passport and the person was still harassing us when we moved here.

Do not reply to their emails any more and ignore all they say.

Rule of thumb, if it seems to be too good then chances are it is.

Go through the normal channels and use reputable companies.

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Re: Housing hoaxes?

Cannot personally view the flat = scam
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Thanks I thought it might be, so relieved I didn't fall for it that would have been a costly lesson. I thought someone has probably previously come across it, is it quite common here?
It seems to be quite common on certain websites. But not just for Switzerland. What site did you find it on?

Free classified ad sites have a lot of these. Anibis is filled with ad like this. Not just for housing but pets too. And I'm sure other categories too.

I read an ad something like "I have a puppy I can no longer take care of. Free to a good home in Geneva (or whatever city)". So I wrote to the person and gave your advice on what to do with the puppy. Turns out that she took the puppy to Africa with her. But will send it back to me. I just need to pay transport costs...... Yea, right!
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The site was EasyWG, they have a system whereas you can only view messages from paid members, but then all that means is that they've paid for membership
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was this scam ad from a paid user?
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Re: Housing hoaxes?

It was, so I contacted the site and they've now been removed
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