Young four-in-a-row homeless and $ 1,000 out of their own pocket after a fall for a Gumtree scam by a woman pretending to be a policeman
- A young family of four has fallen victim to a simplistic Gumtree rent scam
- Harley D & # 39; Arcy and his partner Louise Hall thought they had secured their ideal home
- But it turned out that the woman she rented the house was never the homeowner
- A scammer, disguised as a policewoman, fled with the couple's savings
Alex Chapman for daily post Australia
A young family of four has temporarily become homeless after falling for a simplistic Gumtree scam.
Harley D & # 39; Arcy, Louise Hall and their two children had packed their suitcases after acquiring a rental home in the West Australian coastal town of Mandurah, much closer to Perth than their rural home in Wheatbelt.
The move was meant to offer new opportunities for work and a new start for the young couple.
But their aspirations turned into devastation when the dream house they thought they had secured was revealed as a scam.
A young couple with two children has been the victim of a simplistic rent scam. Pictured is the mother of two Louise Hall, who thought she had found a new house closer to the city
Because they came from the country, the young couple said that they had no reason to tell the woman who responded to their desperate Gumtree ad at a private rental home & # 39; not to be trusted.
An apparent policeman named Ebony Richards claimed to be their saving grace and told them that she had a home where they could go whenever they wanted.
The only thing they would cost them was a bond payment of $ 1,000.
Masquerading as a policeman, the couple told WA Today Mrs. Richards was too busy in and out of court to show them their new home in person.
But when the family arrived on the property with their children and their dog, a confused house of housemates said they had never heard of anyone named Ebony Richards.
Harley D & # 39; Arcy (photo) and his partner soon realized that they had been deprived of their savings
Mr. D & # 39; Arcy said that he and his partner quickly realized that they had been duped by the swindler.
& # 39; The police came and told us that Ebony had never owned the property. We can not come into contact with her anymore. & # 39;
The scammer has disappeared and is taking the $ 1,000 security deposit with him, preventing Harley and Louise from paying another deposit.
They now live with relatives until they find their feet.
The scammer disguised himself as a female policeman at the online marketplace Gumtree
Commissioner for Consumer Protection, David Hillyard, said that the couple were not the first to fall for the simplistic scams, and certainly not the last.
& # 39; Usually it is an exceptionally good deal with cheap weekly rates for a high quality house and there will be a reason you can not view it or meet the landlord. & # 39;
He says that appointments to meet face-to-face with the swindler consistently come through and eventually the pressure to transfer money is too great.
The victims are then left without housing and are often destroyed by their financial loss. & # 39;
A young woman from Melbourne belonged to at least eight people to lose tens of thousands of dollars weeks ago in a similar rental cam on cyber rental.
Only a few weeks earlier, a scammer used social media to steal $ 79,000 in bond loans for properties he did not own, including apartments in Melbourne's EQ Tower (photo)
Geyatri Azzumi thought she had set up the ideal apartment, a fully furnished, modern apartment within her budget in the heart of Melbourne.
But just a few days after forwarding more than $ 10,000 in advance payments to secure the unit, the man posing like a broker went quietly to her.
That same scammer earned more than $ 79,000 worth of fraudulent bond payments in just a month.
In 2018 Australians were deceived with more than $ 50 million in cyber swindles.
More information about rent swindles can be found on the ScamNet website of the federal government.