Hi all, this is my story and I need some advice on whether the flat offer I’m receiving might be a scam or genuine.
I found a flat I liked on gumtree which is very reasonably priced with all bills included and the flat being newly refurbished. The pictures looked amazing. I immediately replied to the owner of the ad with whom I could only leave a message on gumtree. I then received a mobile text message to send an email address to the owner. Apparently the owner is abroad but returns every weekend. They would like to rent the property to me and from what I have seen, I’m extremely interested.
No money has been exchanged, no requests for money transfers either. This weekend, they would like me to view the property, bring my passport and 2 months deposit and pay a months rent and then view their contract to confirm they own the property, before signing on a 6 month tenancy agreement.
I still have lots of time to decide, and I am investigating what else I would need to protect myself from potential scams. At the moment, I feel as if this is a genuine offer, but it is gumtree and the potential to be scammed is very large.
Any advice anyone could give me would be greatly appreciated.