Be Alert - How To Spot The Most Common Scams

Be alert - how to spot the most common scams

Forewarned is forearmed and there's no better way to stay safe online than by familiarising yourself with the latest scams we are aware of. We've compiled the list below based on those scams we are currently aware of. We'll add to them as we become aware of anything new.

Lettings verification scam

A handful of users have reported being in contact with a person claiming to have an apartment available to let immediately because the owner has had to move overseas. This person claims the property is priced significantly below market value in order to secure suitable tenants quickly.

Personal and Premium Rate numbers

How it works?

This scam involves asking the interested party to call a number beginning 070. The caller is then kept on the phone for a lengthy period of time (in some cases, longer than 30 minutes), resulting in a large phone bill. The caller may not notice the 070 number, as at first glance it has the appearance of typical mobile phone number.

Although 070 numbers are perfectly legal, some may incur high call charges (50p a minute). If you are asked to call a 070 number please first check with your telephone provider to confirm the tariff. Further information is available from Ofcom or PhonepayPlus.

Do you think you have been in contact with this scam?

We recommend you to report any misuse to Ofcom or PhonepayPlus. Additionally, to report this to ourselves at A9Property.

Phishing emails

How it works?

Phishing emails are designed to look like they are from a legitimate company and try to trick you to click on a link and enter a username or password, usually under the pretence that you are confirming details. If you do, you may give a criminal valuable information.

Top tips

Most companies will never ask for your password details via an email.

Watch out for urgent warnings, bad spelling and impersonal greetings.

If in doubt, type the website into your search bar. This will take you straight to the company's website, rather than relying on links provided in emails.

Check the email address from which the email has been received, or the websites URL (web site address). Fraudulent email addresses and webpages are designed to look legitimate but have subtle differences, such as including random characters in the URL (numbers, letters or other characters such as &,%,$ or ?), or will direct you to a .com address where you would expect a

Phishing calls and text messages

How it works?

Like phishing emails, phishing calls and text messages are made by someone pretending to be from a legitimate organisation. Typically, these calls and text messages will result in a requested action, such as a request for credit card details in order to make a refund or a request to click on a link in the text message, to reactivate an account or to advertise a property on site.

Do you think you have been in contact with this scam?

We recommend you to report any misuse to Ofcom. Additionally, to report this to ourselves at A9Property.