A Queensland mum has been left homeless after she was scammed out of her financial savings in a bid to discover a rental house.
Gold Coast mom of 4 Patricia, who selected to not be recognized, mentioned she thought her troubles had been lastly over when she discovered a rental property on-line.
“I found it on (Facebook) Marketplace, I just couldn’t find anything on real estate,” she mentioned.
“I wasn’t really expecting it to be that hard.”
A lady contacted Patricia on Facebook, providing her a three-bedroom townhouse within the metropolis’s north.
The lady then requested for $3000 to cowl the property’s bond and 4 weeks price of hire.
“I went through all the procedures, she sent the application forms to me, I filled them out and sent it back,” Patricia mentioned.
“They did look legitimate.”
After handing over the cash, the Gold Coast mum noticed the identical property marketed elsewhere.
“I got a hold of the real estate lady who also had the house on the ad, got a hold of her and she said don’t go through with it, it’s a scam,” she mentioned.
“But it was too late, I’d already sent the money.”
Unable to search out one other rental, the mum of 4 has been compelled to sleep in her automobile.
“I have nowhere to go,” she mentioned.
9News understands a minimum of one other two folks have fallen sufferer to the identical property advert on Facebook Marketplace.
Rental authorities warn that as competitors will increase to discover a house, increasingly more scammers are focusing on on-line rental teams.
Renters are urged to proceed with warning and to deal with landlords with suspicion in the event that they refuse to satisfy in individual.
All bonds should be lodged with the Residential Tenancy Authority inside ten days, and brokers should present a receipt.
“The RTA holds all the bonds for rental properties in Queensland,” Sam Galer from the RTA mentioned.
“Paying it through to us, receipts are issued to all parties.”
The Gold Coast mum mentioned she feels extremely pissed off by her scenario.
“I just feel really angry,” she mentioned.
“A whole year of savings.”