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Newcastle Student Landlords Warned about Potential Scam

Published On: August 11, 2017 at 9:28 am


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Scam artists are targeting Newcastle student landlords who are letting private properties to tenants planning to study at the University of Newcastle this September, the institution has warned.

Newcastle Student Landlords Warned about Potential Scam

Newcastle Student Landlords Warned about Potential Scam

Despite offering private rental properties through proper channels, many Newcastle student landlords could still fall foul to cheats, some of which are believed to already be operating in the city.

Earlier this week, registered providers of student properties received an email from the University of Newcastle, warning about two people “that have unfortunately made their way into [the] database”.

The university said that emails under the names Paul and Janet Castillo are being sent to Newcastle student landlords, scripted as a father and daughter seeking a room.

Janet Castillo’s email comes first, the university told landlords, expressing interest in a room and seeking details for her parent to get in touch.

The individual posing as Paul Castillo then follows up, saying a US-based financier will take care of his daughter’s “payment and some other expenses”.

The email continues: “I will instruct him to send a Pay Cheque for Two weeks rent before her arrival so as to secure the room.

“I will send you her flight details immediately she’s through with her assignments in Philippine.”

To accommodate the alleged payment, the Newcastle Herald reports that he requests a name, address, city, postcode, email address, phone number and rent amount.

“I’m very proud of her and i can assure you that you will have nothing to lose by holding your accommodation for her,” the emails in Paul Castillo’s name state.

The university is warning Newcastle student landlords to remain vigilant.

It informed landlords in the area: “We cannot seem to locate either name in our system and they may have a number of different alias’ they use.”

We remind all landlords to remain vigilant when letting any type of rental property privately.


Bogus Landlord Conned £1,600 Out of Tenant in Airbnb Scam

Published On: January 30, 2017 at 11:06 am


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A bogus landlord has conned a prospective tenant out of £1,600 by pretending an Airbnb property was hit to let.

Bogus Landlord Conned £1,600 Out of Tenant in Airbnb Scam

Bogus Landlord Conned £1,600 Out of Tenant in Airbnb Scam

Detectives have released an image of the suspect in a bid to track him down.

The main suspect is believed to have posted an advertisement on Gumtree in September for a property in Haringey, north London.

A victim responded to the advert and was shown around the property by the bogus landlord.

The victim then transferred an advance rental payment of £1,600 to secure the property to a bank account, details of which were provided by the bogus landlord.

However, after he transferred all of the funds, all contact with the bogus landlord ceased, as he stopped replying to calls or texts.

It became apparent that access to the property had been obtained via a short-term let on Airbnb, and the bogus landlord had no authority to arrange for it to be rented out.

The tenant’s £1,600 rental payment was lost, having been paid to a mule account – controlled as a result of a stolen bank card – from which it had been withdrawn.

An investigation was then launched by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Falcon (Fraud and Linked Crime Online).

The police said: “Enquiries are ongoing to identify the person or persons who arranged or benefitted from this fraud. Officers are releasing an image of the man who showed the victim around the property at the initial viewing. This picture was taken at the property on 18th September 2016.

“Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has information that may assist the investigation, should call Op Falcon on 101 or contact the Met via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit the website.”

Are you aware of a bogus landlord operating in north London?