Consumer Alert of Residential Rental Scam
May 9, 2023
Consumers are being alerted to refrain from making residential bond and rental payment without verifying if they are dealing with the real property owner or an authorized agent. This alert is being issued after the discovery of a residential rental scam being orchestrated by a woman in Suva who falsely claims to offer flats for rent and collects payments, from unsuspecting consumers.
According to multiple reports received by the Council, the woman has been approaching people in the Suva area, claiming that she has flats available for rent. She has been taking advance payment from vulnerable individuals, promising that the property will be available once a payment of $600 bond and $600 advance rent is paid.
The Council is also urging anyone who has been a victim of this scam or has information about the scammer to come forward and report the matter to the nearest Police Station or to the Consumer Council of Fiji.
For further information, please contact the Consumer Council of Fiji on 155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, complaints can also be lodged via the Consumer Council mobile app.