The Canberra Times has a piece on a Chinese girl scammed out of large sums by someone claiming to be in England for a room in a flat on Allara St.
- “The scammer, who claimed to be based in England, used photos of a Civic property and a fake contract to dupe the 19-year-old Chinese student.
It is understood the Australian Federal Police told the student that overseas fraudsters fell outside their jurisdiction.”
While it’s not a perfect protection, never put down a deposit until you’ve actually been inside the property, and get the key at the same time you hand over the money.
Also… How do the police know the criminal is overseas until the investigate? Putting “I am in England” on the bottom of emails is now a “get out of jail free” card?