Renting scam alert

We have received reports of a social media fraud operating in the Gwent area.

The victim who alerted us to the scam recently joined a Facebook group specialising in houses for sale and rent in the Newport area.

They were then messaged by an account under the name 'Peter Smith' who was advertising a house for rent in Risca.

The account stated the victim would only be able to view the house from the outside of the property prior to signing a contract.

They then requested for £1300 to be transferred into a bank account and the keys would then be sent to the victim.

The victim then called the local estate agent who later confirmed 'Peter Smith' is not the landlord of the property.

The person running the account has since then blocked the victim but officers are concerned others will be targeted by the same scam.

Please stay alert and report it to us via 101 quoting 236 28/03/18 of call ActionFraud on 03001232040.