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How to recognise housing scam!

Hi guys. First post for me here. I would like to share few things I have noticed recently when looking for apartments in Switzerland. Here is how one of many scams work:

1. you will see very nice flat - means location is good, pictures are business like and the price is awesome

2. you contact them via email

3. then someone will reply back with gmail or any other common account with cool story about them self. This is who I am this is my family ... even footer with links to their Linkedin or website

4. but the story will be - i dont live in switzerland anymore and its painfull to fly and show you the room so - can you book it via airbnb - i will put 1 CHF price but the "safety deposit" will be charged. Which will be returned once you check out.

5. few hours later you will have the email with the link

-------------------------- STOP ---------------------------

Here are the wrong things:

1. The advert appeared and disappeared day or two days after you contact the "host"

2. The first email you will see on the advert will be: blablabla@domain.that.you.never.heard.of

3. The price will be almost to good to be true - do the research and see whats the "common" price for this type of accommodation

4. The host is not in the country and nobody else is there to manage it

5. If you click on footer links like linkedin - it will be visible but half private so not much details you can find out. It will have even website with pictures with happy family somewhere on the farm

6. And the final warning for you ... the link to "airbnb" will be hidden. So it will be a text "click here for the website" and if you try to check it it will be shortned like bitly or whatever. Once you click it, it will take you to airbnb.balbalba.com.net/room/123123 that will look exactly the same like real airbnb!

So if you got fulled by the story, the pictures ... dont get excited and dont fill the fake website with your credit card details or personal information.

Pay attention guys, sometimes you can get really good price but keep your eyes open at those little things.

Be safe!
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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

What exactly are you telling us new ?

These scams have been around for years, it's so transparent it, depressing when you hear people still get caught by it.

Why would anybody want to take a rent well below market rates for a flat ?
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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

Obviously the OP didn't at the time hence the warning.
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Thanks for the reply Today. I love your approach. Clearely you are the experienced one who dont care. I bet you are one of those "did you google before vising this portal?". With more users like you this forum (and many others) will be dead. Keep the good work

Just to point the obvious:

1. Common sense is not common.
2. Scammers make money because they are good at what they do

There might be some people that dont know that stuff and what to look for? It doesnt have to be the price it can be the link, it can be any of those points I mentioned before.

AND on the side note, Heeyyy hellooo welcome to the forum, Thanks for sharing Chumbawamba (not just asking and expecting aswers).

Thanks Medea. Obviously .... another legend of the forum with classic answear This palce is awesome.

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Old 08.08.2017, 12:29
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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

Thank you for your warning Chumbawamba. People are groaning you because it is a very well known practise here, and at the top
of this forum there are warnings in the Stickys, which you could read now.

The GOLDEN rules, are never pay even a CENT, until you have a contract in your hand, and you have been inside the property.

Simple, isn't it?
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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

Simple rules for a successful life:

- If it looks too good to be true - it is

- Banks only give advice that will benefit them

- 50% of all jobs is turning up on time and being nice (and it's remarkable how many people can't even do this)
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Thanks for the reply Today. I love your approach. Clearely you are the experienced one who dont care. I bet you are one of those "did you google before vising this portal?". With more users like you this forum (and many others) will be dead. Keep the good work

Just to point the obvious:

1. Common sense is not common.
2. Scammers make money because they are good at what they do

There might be some people that dont know that stuff and what to look for? It doesnt have to be the price it can be the link, it can be any of those points I mentioned before.

AND on the side note, Heeyyy hellooo welcome to the forum, Thanks for sharing Chumbawamba (not just asking and expecting aswers).

Thanks Medea. Obviously .... another legend of the forum with classic answear This palce is awesome.
I don't need to google this crap. I know if someone offers me a lake view apartment 120 m2 for Chf1200.-- with payment to some micky mouse account because i can't come and see it with you is TOTAL BULLSHIT

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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

Hi Chum


Welcome to the forum. It's always good to be reminded of the scammers targeting the desperate and the vulnerable.


Sorry about your rocky start here. Some of our posters were a bit harsh today.
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Hi Chum


Welcome to the forum. It's always good to be reminded of the scammers targeting the desperate and the vulnerable.


Sorry about your rocky start here. Some of our posters were a bit harsh today.
Don't worry about him. He gets knocked down, then he gets up again. You're never going to keep him down.

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Re: How to recognise housing scam!

this is a very helpful post but it makes me think. i regularly get emails from people asking for help from a rich heir or someone with a great business model. how do I know which of those mails are scam? i assume it would be only a small minority as most seem genuine.
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this is a very helpful post but it makes me think. i regularly get emails from people asking for help from a rich heir or someone with a great business model. how do I know which of those mails are scam? i assume it would be only a small minority as most seem genuine.


Reminds me of this great Ted talk.
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