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Look out for scams!

We have very good spam filters on the site but unfortunately no site can stop individuals enquiring manually to properties.

Our advice is that if you are in any way suspicious of an enquiry then you should just delete it. New scams come up on the internet every day so if in doubt don't respond and do let us know please!

Cheque scam fraud

The cheque scam is the most common fraud and operates like this:
you will receive an email asking for a long booking for a cottage (often in rather poor English). If you accept the booking they will say that they have to pay a larger sum (as it is a business trip, or some such excuse) and could you then repay the overpayment once their cheque has cleared. Your bank will tell you their cheque HAS cleared but the reality is that it won't have (the banks can in fact reclaim the money for about 6 months after a cheque has supposedly cleared - outrageous I know!). If you repay the extra they sent you then at some point in the future their cheque (which you have been told has cleared) bounces - so you are out of pocket.

This is the type of email that is sent:

I am Mr Silas Carter from Dublin Ireland.I saw your apartment for rent and i'm willing to book a reservation for my client. Tell me if the apartment will be free from 6th to 20th of June 2015 and how much will it cost him and his family. He will be coming with his Wife to make a total of 2 people. Thanks and i await your urgent reply.


Hello , Thanks for your response to my mail. Immediately i got your message,i called my client and he is okay with the price for the apartment and he will prefer to issue the whole amount on the cheque.

About the payment, A cheque will be issued and sent to you for the payment because my client is not presently in the state to transfer the money to your account.I want you to send me your details for the check to be issued and sent to you immediately. Name on check: Address: City: State: Zip Code: Country: Phone Number (Home, Mobile, Office): Thanks and i await to read from you soonest. Best Regards, Mr Silas

We would like to thank cottage owners who send us comments on these things, and indeed who point scams out to us - we need to work together in our own 'web watch' fashion and keep each other advised.

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