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Over €900,000 has been stolen from students in rental scams over the last two years.

503 cases of student accommodation rental scams have been reported to Gardaí between February 2019 and May 2021. 

Almost half of the incidents happened in Dublin, while 42 per cent of those scammed were under the age of 25. 

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Gardaí National Economic Crime Bureau gave the following advice:

“You should only use recognised letting agencies or deal with people who are bona fida and trusted. 

“Websites can be cloned, check the URL to ensure it’s a real website and take note of the privacy and refund policy…

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