GARDAI warns they have been alerted to several incidents of “housing fraud” in Limerick – particularly in the city.
In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, a recent incident is brought to public attention.
“A man from Caherdavin called at Mayorstone Garda station to say that a student had called his home that morning, stating that he had seen an ad online indicating that a room in his house was for rent. This student was asking to see the room, “said divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch.
“The gentleman was surprised and informed the student that he was not renting any rooms and was not aware of any announcements. The student was able to provide him with details of the announcement, he checked online but could see that the ad has since been deleted, “she said. added.
Gardai believes criminals are using legitimate addresses to trick people looking for housing into contact with the intention of trying to extract money from them.
“In this case, the criminal got nothing because the student had the wisdom to call the address before any money or personal details were given over the phone or email. no ads for cash, be wary and do your own research first, “advised Sgt Leetch.