How Renters in Bognor Regis can outsmart Fraudsters

In this 60 second speed read, we explain how renters can avoid getting ripped off by fake landlords.


Renters in Bognor Regis should be on their guard against fraudsters using Covid-19 as a cover to swindle people out of their hard-earned cash.


Fraud-busting tips


Never agree to rent a property through a website or social media. 


Never pay a deposit to rent a property you have not viewed in person. You must visit the property and ensure it is a genuine let. You need to be happy with the property and the terms and conditions of the letting. 


Never pay to view a property. Agencies and landlords never charge for viewings.


Never hand over cash – it’s untraceable and can be used immediately.


Never transfer funds via Western Union, Moneybookers or other electronic fund transfer services to someone claiming to be an agent or landlord.


Always establish that the property exists and that it is available for rent.


Always check the landlord/agent's identity, and that he/she is authorised to rent the property.


Always do your research. Look online to see if the property is on any other rental platform. If it is with a letting agency, call them and clarify the details. If you want the property and it is with an agency, then go through them.


Always trust your instincts. If you’re unsure, walk away.


Always report scammers to the authorities.


From all of us here at Whitlocks, please stay safe and be vigilant online.