Beware of Scams (For Providers)

The emails predominately come from young females who advise that they are prospective UQ students arriving from another country. They request that the room be secured for them and advise that their father/dad will be in contact regarding the deposit payment.

Further reports also include copies of a British Passport along with other general photos of the person, Research shows that there are scams like this going around - further information can be found on the ACCC SCAMwatch website: http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/i...

The SCAMwatch website outlines that "...If you accept the offer, the scammer then sends you a cheque, but the cheque is for more money than the agreed sale price. The scammer will invent an excuse for the overpayment, for example to cover the fees of an agent or extra shipping costs. The scammer might just say that it was a mistake.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount—usually through an online banking transfer or a wire transfer. The scammer is hoping that you will do this before you discover that their cheque has bounced. You will have lost the money you gave the scammer, and if you have already sent the item you were selling, you will lose it as well."

Actual extract from a scam email:

"How are you doing today? I' m Josef Alex by name, my daughter (Sarah) has been getting in touch with you for a while regarding your accommodation available for rent. She is still interested and the accommodation is confirmed by her. She is a potential tenant, very clean, polite, easy going, hard working and responsible, she is a dream of every family. I'm very proud of her. I can assure that you have nothing to lose holding your accommodation for her.
We have a financier that is based in the states and he will be handling the payment and some other expenses, so he will be the one that will be taking care of the service payment throughout her stay in Australia. I will instruct him to send a Paycheck of her rent deposit for one Months before her arrival so as to secure the room. I will send you her flight details immediately she's through with her assignments in Philippine. So my financier would be needing the following Information below to make out the payment
(I)Your Full Name On Payment:(II)Your Residence address where it will be delivered to(no P.O..Box please):(III)City:(IV)Post Code:(V)Mobile and Home Phone numbers:(VI)Email address:
I will be waiting to hear from you.ThanksHave a nice dayJosef"

We recommend to prospective tenants that they should not pay any money to a Landlord or Real Estate Agent until they have inspected a property and are entering in to an agreement and obtaining keys to the property. Similar caution should be adhered to when renting a property by only entering in to an agreement with someone when they are accepting the property in person or you are dealing with a reputable company which deals with student placements such as Homestay arrangements.

If you suspect that someone is trying to scam you please contact us to allow us to investigate, we have the ability to block/blacklist people through this site - hopefully if it happens enough they will give up and go elsewhere.