A fake landlord who copied and pasted property details and photos from an estate agent and then published it on Facebook, has scammed £1,200 from a couple in Plymouth.

After seeing the property for rent the couple contacted the ‘landlord’ and thought it was the perfect home for them. The landlord told them the keys were with the agent so they could only go and have a look through the window.

The imposter landlord then took one month’s rent and one month’s deposit in advance to secure the property but the couple became suspicious when asked to make further payment and after searching for the property found it on Rightmove and it all then unravelled.

Tenants looking for a property must be absolutely certain the landlord / agent they want to rent through is reputable.

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