With the entrance of summer many students who are going to study outside their city or town of residence begin their search for accommodation. Nevertheless, some people try to make money by cheating these students taking advantage of the fact that they do not know the language or the destination city.
Before showing you the full interview, we want to advise all those who are going to make any type of purchase online to make sure that there is no possibility of fraud and that your money is safe. Contacting a page that acts as an intermediary between tenant and owner is usually the most eficient and most secure.
In this case our protagonist is called Regina and is Hungarian. According to her testimony, she found an ad on Facebook and contacted the alleged owner. Here we leave the full interview so you can take note of a case of real scam.
-How did you start looking for a room or a flat for your erasmus studies (Facebook,Google,Instagram…)?
I started looking for a room on Facebook, where I saw a flat with a good price and close to the Unviersity of Deusto.
-Did you ask someone for help to find a room or a flat?
Yes, there’s another Hungarian student who was searching for a suitable flat with me.
-Why did you choose Facebook as searching flat tool?
Another Hungarian student who already took part in the Erasmus+ programme recommended this group (Flats & Rooms – Erasmus Bilbao) to me, saying that she found a room here, too.
-Why did you find the room or flat in Facebook?
I saw an advertisement of a flat with 5 rooms for students and I contacted the advertiser, she sent me the pictures and I liked that flat.
-Why did you believe in this FB room post?
At first I sent an email to the „landlord’s