Real estate agents have confirmed that scams targeting renters are on the rise, with some scammers targeting multiple victims with a single post.
After contacting a woman who called herself Regina, she lost $2000 on what she thought would be her future home on the Gold Coast.
After transferring bail money from Pimpama’s estate, he said the online ad disappeared.
“I am sick with anxiety that this has happened,” Lord said.
“I was willing to pay up to six months’ rent in advance.
Emma Snowdon of Wings Real Estate, which manages the Pimpama real estate, said 10 people had fallen victim to the same scam.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
“I just told people that they need to report it to the authorities because it’s out of our control, which is really unfortunate.”
Police urge people to do their research and always inspect property before sending money.
Tenants have been told to check properties on trusted websites to see if advertisements have been copied from another site.
Those who think they have been scammed should contact their bank immediately to try to block the transaction.
Federal cybercrime investigators are looking into the scam.
“My advice is definitely if it feels too good to be true, it usually is,” Lord said.