Student Accommodation Scams

News, Wednesday 16th August, by HSSCU

College is an exciting time for students, however, it is also an opportunistic time for fraudsters. They might look to trick students out of their money. Many cases have been reported to FraudSMART where deposits have been handed over for properties that don’t exist. The property has been rented to multiple tenants already. There has even been cases where fraudsters have hired properties to use for viewings to trick you into handing over the deposit.


Advice for Students & Parents


  1. Familiarise yourself with the average rent price in your search area. If the rent is unusually low and it seems too good to be true, it usually is!
  2. Technology is your friend. We recommend students use online maps to double-check that the property being advertised actually exists and is at the stated address.
  3. Check short-term rental sites to ensure the property is not being used by a fraudster for “viewings” who will take your deposit money.
  4. It is crucial to keep copies of all correspondence between you and the advertiser, including bank details and the advertisement itself. The best approach is to use legitimate well-known rental agencies. If this is not possible, don’t hand over any money until you have seen the property and are happy with its condition.
  5. Don’t make payments until you have been given the keys and signed the rental contract.
  6. Always check that the keys fit in the lock.
  7. Remember, don’t transfer any money unless you have carried out all the relevant checks and you are absolutely sure that the listing is genuine.
  8. Don’t be embarrassed if you have been scammed. Report it to your local Garda Station and contact your financial provider.


Remember! If it seems too good to be true it probably is.


If you are effected by this type of scam or any other kind you can contact us here.

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