Shameless scammers caught advertising fake flat to hopeful renters around the world

The false ad shows pictures of an apartment “for rent” in Galway and has appeared on Facebook apartment groups in Galway – as well as in Dublin, Cork, Amsterdam and Oslo

Shameless scammers are promoting this apartment to hopeful tenants around the world (

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Shameless scammers have been caught offering fake apartment to hopeful tenants around the world.

The false ad shows pictures of an apartment “for rent” in Galway and has appeared on Facebook apartment groups in Galway – as well as in Dublin, Cork, Amsterdam and Oslo.

The same is reportedly operated by three different Facebook accounts. Cork Beo reports.

An eagle-eyed woman warned others online after seeing it on multiple Facebook pages.

She warned, “Be careful with all the rental scams going around right now, the same post was advertised in Cork, Dublin and Oslo rental groups.”

This is how the ad appears on Facebook
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The ad reappeared on Tuesday at the Dublin Housing Group and while many asked for a viewing, some called that it was a scam as the deal seemed too good to be true.

One person wrote: “It’s a scam. A 2-bed apartment in D2 is by no means included with 500 euro bills. Seen before and was a scam.

Another person mocked the scammer with a comment: “Ya, just meet me on the corner, bring the money and I’ll give you the keys, but I’m on a break so you have to go alone.”

This is what the kitchen looks like in the apartment, as it is advertised in other European cities
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The apartment was even advertised in several different European student cities with scammers who changed the currency.

The scammers promise that the apartment will be close to the relevant universities, including Utrecht, Wageningen and Groningen in the Netherlands.

The ad promises an 80-square-meter apartment with a spacious living room with a 55-inch TV, surround sound and a comfortable sofa bed. It shares half a wall with a work area with separate desks for working or playing! “

Some eagle-eyed folks on the internet have viewed this as a scam
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It adds, “In the kitchen you will see a breakfast nook, a large pantry and a shared laundry room that leads to the garage. Many windows and lights are furnished throughout, for long or short term rentals.”

In one of the scams, the advertiser describes himself as a roommate the person would live with and bizarrely adds that they are “a physical therapist, crossfitter, bookworm, board game nerd and ice hockey fan”.

Gardai warn students to beware of anyone promoting spaces via social media where the person only communicates via Messenger or WhatsApp.

You also said people pressuring you with a “one-time offer” should be avoided.

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