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General Scam Warnings

Accommodation Providers

Providers of accommodation should be extremely cautious about :

*  accepting money from overseas for accommodation paid in advance
*  giving online account details to anyone you do not know or trust.

Accommodation Seekers 

Persons seeking accommodation should be extremely cautious about sending money to an unknown source,
and are advised to inspect properties in person before handing over any money to a provider.

Accommodation seekers are also advised to take note of the following:

* Do not trust emails that say something like "pay money and I will have the keys delivered to you".
* Do not sign any contracts for accommodation without  personally inspecting the property.
* Do not pay deposits or send money before personally inspecting the property.
* Do not ask friends to secure accommodation before you arrive.
* Do not pay money through a funds transfer to someone you don't know.

For further information refer to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission Scamwatch web page.


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