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Hi there,

I'm joining a company in Zurich next month and trying to find a room in a shared house (at the moment I'm living in a village near La Chaux de fonds). I advertised on wgzimmer site and have been getting lot of mails from 'landlords' promising me a room in an elegant apartment at a very reasonable rate. However most of the mails are of 'Nigeria 419' nature

I have still got 2 more weeks to find a place but was thinking of doing all the flat viewings asap, so that I can finalize on something before I start my new job. I understand the ground rule of not trusting 'too good to be true' type ads. But its a human nature to trust the mails when you are in a desperate situation. Luckily I didn't share any of my details (apart from Name and phone number) and didn't transfer any money to their account.

No idea where these guys are located (Switzerland or a Banana Republic ) but they use genuine Swiss Addresses when they send mails. Most of the mails are from zoho or outlook mail ids. I managed to contact wgzimmer and block couple of these emails. But was wondering why Swiss cops are not doing enough to stop this menace? I know its happening in many countries including the UK. But I thought it should be easier to track & catch these guys in Switzerland because of strong Swiss Banking systems.

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Gem
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Old 19.10.2015, 17:17
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You tried an ad on here? Not as wide an audience as the advertising sites, but that's not always a bad thing.

http://www.englishforum.ch/property-wanted/
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Hi there,

I'm joining a company in Zurich next month and trying to find a room in a shared house (at the moment I'm living in a village near La Chaux de fonds). I advertised on wgzimmer site and have been getting lot of mails from 'landlords' promising me a room in an elegant apartment at a very reasonable rate. However most of the mails are of 'Nigeria 419' nature

I have still got 2 more weeks to find a place but was thinking of doing all the flat viewings asap, so that I can finalize on something before I start my new job. I understand the ground rule of not trusting 'too good to be true' type ads. But its a human nature to trust the mails when you are in a desperate situation. Luckily I didn't share any of my details (apart from Name and phone number) and didn't transfer any money to their account.

No idea where these guys are located (Switzerland or a Banana Republic ) but they use genuine Swiss Addresses when they send mails. Most of the mails are from zoho or outlook mail ids. I managed to contact wgzimmer and block couple of these emails. But was wondering why Swiss cops are not doing enough to stop this menace? I know its happening in many countries including the UK. But I thought it should be easier to track & catch these guys in Switzerland because of strong Swiss Banking systems.

Regards,
Gem

There's very little they can do. The crooks are in Africa, the far east, Russia etc. They choose an address and find some random photos on the internet and post some ads. There are so many desperate people looking for property that many will send deposits through Western Union.

The most that can be expected is that their accounts on these advertising sites will be closed down. But they can open another one tomorrow. What more can the police do?
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Just don't pay anything until you have been inside the apartment and have a contract in your hand. That is the normal procedure here! If anyone asks for money upfront, politely decline and report them.
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Have you seen this advert?
http://www.englishforum.ch/property-...5-chf-mth.html
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Just don't pay anything until you have been inside the apartment and have a signed contract in your hand. That is the normal procedure here! If anyone asks for money upfront, politely decline and report them.
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