Watch out for scams/things to watch out for in your housing search in the private market: be cautious! Typically, there are a few tells that can help you identify a scam offer, and a scam can typically include one or more of the following.
A few general points
Descriptions of accommodation - are they too vague?
Can the accommodation be used for CPR-registration?
The contract and sublet apartments
Furthermore, please don't hesitate to contact the housing department at International Centre at email@example.com to get a second opinion if needed.
Read this excellent article written by a former AU student.
In the past, we have experienced scams being conducted under the following names:
Sandra Van Der Jaap associated with these addresses in Aarhus: Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 131 8000 Aarhus C
Richard Potters associated with these addresses in Copenhagen: Colbjørnsensgade 17, Baggesensgade 26 and Nørrebrogade 39.
Margrethepladsen 10, 8000 Aarhus C. This address does not exist. Associated with Ltaief Algia (among others.)
Akani Schryve Marion associated with this address: Nørrebrogade 13, 8000 Aarhus C. Facebook.
Akani Schryve Marion associated with this address: Høegh Guldbergsgade 55. See example of false leasing contract.
Lars Sansa Casor associated with this address: Finsensgade 2, 8200 Aarhus N. DBA and AirBnB.
Marianne Bech 40423700 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shwan Raouf (associated with the facebook profil: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005524786345&fref=ts and with the email: email@example.com)
Julian Huff (associated with the address Otte Ruds Gade 26, 8200 Aarhus N and this Facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009673334356)
Jetzemani Rodriguez and Ruth Sanyaolu (associated with the address: Olfert Fischers Gade 9, 1311 Copenhagen, Denmark. and the email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the facebookprofil: https://www.facebook.com/jetzemani.rodriguez?fref=ts)
Gabriel Casper Bin Climer (associated with the email: email@example.com)
Kristian Appel (associated with the address Møllegade 7A 8000 Aarhus C and Marthagade, København Ø) The supposed landlord have used very common sentences like in the beginning "Thanks for contacting me back to hear more about my offer".
Sami Zahran (associated with the address: Martsvej 6, 8210 Aarhus V and Vestergade 56C, 8000 Aarhus C and Marthagade 3, 4., 2100 København)
Liu Yang (associated with this email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sime Rommhel or Simon Rommel (associated with "Liu Yang" and this email: email@example.com)
Michael (associated with this email: firstname.lastname@example.org and the false address: Store Torv 14, 8000 Århus C)
Christel and Harold Hansen (associated with the false address:Østergade 9, 8000 Aarhus C)
Sven Thorwarth (associated with the false address: Otto Benzons Vej 10, 8210 Aarhus)
Martin Viehauser (associated with the false address: Otto Benzons Vej 10, 8210 Aarhus)
Mary Albert (associated with the false address: Fredensgade 2, 8000 Aarhus)
Betty Folorunsho Banka
Bernard Kingsley Joe
Vasilis Kont (associated with the false address: Nordre Ringgade 40, 8200 Aarhus)
Mumbar Dungs (associated with the address: Guldsmedgade 40, 8000 Aarhus)
Jenna Schutte (associated with the address: Otto Ruds Gade 25)
Joseph Minop (associated with the address: Nattergalevej 25, 8210 Aarhus)
Oscar Cano Valderrama
If you have experienced being contacted by someone you believe to have been a scammer, please forward the relevant e-mail and persons name to us at email@example.com so that we can assess the situation and, depending on the outcome, update the list above.
The following is an extract from an e-mail correspondence with a scammer, which exemplifies a variety of the 'tells' outlined above, such as payment in Euros/GBP, irregularities in addresses and names, pressuring the tenant to pay the deposit, as well as requesting payment through a MTCN number from Western Union:
Thanks for the response on the rent. Each bedroom is 14m2. The apartment is a two bedroom apartment each room with its own private bathroom and toilet also include a private kitchen. each room is 450 Euros per each room per month and including all the utilities such as internet(WIFI),electricity, water, heating, building charges and a security deposit of 600 Euros which is refundable during your departure time in the apartment. The apartment is located at : Otto Benzons Vej 10 8210 Aarhus, Denmark. Attached is the picture of the apartment. Looking forward to read from you.
HERE IS THE TENANCY CONTRACT LEASE AGREEMENT,YOU ARE TO READ AND UNDERSTAND CLEARLY, AND ALL WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO PRINT OUT THE LAST PAGE(PAGE 6) OF THE LEASE AND SIGN AND SEND IT BACK TO ME.
THEN PROCEED WITH THE DEPOSIT OF THE FIRST MONTH RENT AND SECURITY DEPOSIT TO ME FOR THE APARTMENT TO BE RESERVE FOR YOU TILL YOUR ARRIVAL DATE. YOU ARE TO BRING THE SIGN COPY OF THE LEASE AGREEMENT ALONG WITH YOU ON THE DAY OF YOUR ARRIVAL.
YOU ARE TO MAKE THE DEPOSIT OF DKK 12000 TO ME IN WITHIN 24 HOURS AFTER YOU MUST HAVE RECEIVE THE CONTRACT LEASE AGREEMENT AND SIGN IT FOR THE APARTMENT TO BE RESERVE FOR YOU.
HERE IS MY GRAN PA DETAILS IN THE WALES:
NAME: MR SVEN THORWARTH
ADDRESS: 10 CORK ST, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, LONDON W1S 3LW UNITED KINGDOM
GET BACK TO ME WITH THE SENDER NAME AND ADDRESS,
RECEIVER NAME AND ADDRESS,
AMOUNT SEND IN DKK, GBP