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Fake online properties leave desperate Perth renters homeless – PerthNow

Heartless scammers are taking advantage of Perth’s rental crisis. This is how you avoid being a victim.

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The rental crisis has taken a sinister turn with scammers stealing thousands of dollars for fake rental properties, leaving some people homeless.
The Department of Consumer Protection said it had so far received 18 reports of rental scams this year with five people losing a total of $7,200.
The scams typically involve people paying an upfront bond and sometimes a rental payment too for a property advertised on websites sites like Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.
As soon as the payment is made,…

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