Limerick Gardaí warn of rental scams as college students return

Garda John Finnerty.

GARDAÍ are warning third level students seeking accommodation in Limerick to be vigilant of rental scams.

According to Garda John Finnerty of Henry Street Garda Station, a number of Limerick students have fallen victim to rental scams because of the rental shortage and the pressure to source accommodation.

The scams, he said, usually fall into three categories — the scammer claims to be out of the country and can’t show you the accommodation and requests a deposit; the scammer is living at the property.

He shows a number of people around, requests a deposit from each and disappears with the money, or the transaction appears to be normal until the renter finds that the keys don’t work and the landlord has disappeared.