|New identity fraud scam identified
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A new type of identity fraud scam has appeared here in the UK - called Phantom flat transfers - Potential tenants are being targeted by so called landlords when they make a request to view a property and are asked to provide a ‘proof of funds’ by transfer of money in to a friend’s account. The ‘landlord’ then requests to see the money transfer receipt and with this gains access to the money at the transfer agency simply by quoting the transfer number.
In a recent case in the UK, a student was asked to make a transfer of £1,800 in to a friend’s account, only to find that after sending the receipt to the supposed landlord as proof of funds, that the money was withdrawn when she asked her friend to collect it. With the receipt the landlord easily went to the agency, collected the funds and disappeared - leaving the student out of pocket and without anywhere to live!
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Source: ID Theft Protect / Equifax
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