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What to Do About a Rental Scammer Online?

Discussion in 'Australian Consumer Law Forum' started by Misty, 22 June 2014.

  1. Misty

    Misty Member

    22 June 2014
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    I have found someone who places ads for a rental apartment he claims he owns, and that asks for rent and bond upfront (to be sent to a Western Union account, of course). When I requested a Skype call, it was refused. When I requested some ID to prove they owned it, they sent me a passport that was Australian but has obviously been tampered with.

    So without me having to spend hours on the phone or online, who/ where can I report this person to authorities? Is it worth it, as they are overseas so its unlikely they will get caught? I am most concerned that they will suck in, scam and rip off someone "less fortunate", and that they appear to be forging Australian passports.
  2. Worldly1

    Worldly1 Well-Known Member

    25 April 2014
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    Hi Misty,
    You can report a scam to the ACCC via their SCAMwatch website:
    You can report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) via The SCAMwatch Report a Scam online form. Use this form to report a scam or suspected scam to the ACCC.
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  3. rey

    rey Member

    25 June 2014
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    I also seen this same ads online, Hope this could stop before they could victimize someone

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