Click Tenant, which launched only at the end of last month and advertises landlords’ properties free on Rightmove and Zoopla has already reported one case to the police, where a bogus landlord was believed to be operating as part of a gang.
Managing director Danielle Cullen said that criminals are advertising false properties with high-quality photos in prime locations and at reasonable rents. Tenants are then lured into paying upfront fees for a property that either does not exist or has been let to multiple victims at the same time.
One bogus landlord attempted to contact interested tenants over a weekend, to request large sums of money. Another was found to be part of a criminal gang specialising in rental fraud.
Cullen said: “Every property platform that allows landlords to upload their own adverts will be vulnerable to these types of potential scams. As ClickTenant.com is a newly launched website, fraudsters believe we will be vulnerable and unable to spot this criminal activity.”
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