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Sopot. The apartment only existed in the ad. “They still haven't gotten their money back”

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An attempt to rent a vacation rental in Sopot ended with a couple from Zielona Góra losing their money. The apartment they wanted to rent existed only in an advertisement. The police are warning scammers against similar practices.

A couple from Zielona Góra booked a stay in a Sopot apartment that only existed on an ad website and lost 1.2 thousand zloty. The police appeal for caution when renting holiday accommodation.

– A 31-year-old from Zielona Góra and his fiancée found an offer to rent an apartment in Sopot on an advertising website. They contacted the 'landlord', set the price for a six-day stay for four people at PLN 2.4 thousand and paid half of that amount as a deposit – informed the press officer of the Sopot police, Senior Sergeant Lucyna Rekowska.

She added that a few days after paying the advance, they noticed the same ad with a negative comment on a social networking site. Then, as Rekowska said, they realized that they had probably been scammed. – To this day, the engaged couple has not recovered the money, and while in the Tri-City, they decided to report the matter to the Sopot police – she said, informing that the officers had accepted the report of fraud.

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The press officer appealed for caution when renting accommodation and thorough verification of the property owner before transferring an advance payment.

– Let's check if the given address exists, because sometimes the ad concerns a street or address that does not exist. Online tools that allow you to locate the address can be helpful here – she said.

She added that before transferring money, one should compare the rental price with those of a similar standard and location, and that so-called super deals should arouse suspicion.

She reminded that if the facility operates legally, it should be registered with the city office. – Ask for an invoice, bill or receipt for the advance payment. Resistance in issuing the document should arouse our suspicions about the honesty of the offer – she said.

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