Victims are told that the "landlord" will only let them view the property if they give their bank account details. Their money is then stolen, the BBC reports.
"Things to watch out for are adverts where there are no telephone numbers or where the only e-mail address is a free one – a Hotmail or Google e-mail address – where you’re not sure really who you are dealing with," said Det Sgt Chris Felton of the Metropolitan Police’s Fraud Prevention Team.
"If you’re being asked to send money upfront without being certain that property exists or the person has control of that property then you need to be very, very careful.
"Think once, think twice, ask some friends, get some advice and if you’re ultimately not happy don’t send any money," he said.
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