Usually there are two types of rental scam.
Scam artists' ads always attract you with nice pictures and too-good-to-be true price.
They also say they're out of the country (typically they say they are in UK),
or make some other excuse as to why they can't show you the home.
If you were hooked up this fancy advertisement, they may ask you to transfer
the money and then they will send you a set of fake keys.
Another scam to watch out for is when the scammer actually does rent a home.
They then advertise it as being available for rent and show potential tenants
around the house while they live there. They then collect the deposit along with
the first month's rent and disappear with your money.
DO RESEARCH FIRST !
Contact people once you're crystal clear on the market price.
Decide whether the price is reasonable for that flat or not.
DO DOUBT !
When you're asked to transfer money without having met
anyone or seen a flat, you have to presume it is a scam.
Don't be taken in by fancy photos or promise, but actually
visit any apartment you're considering renting.
BE CAUTIOUS !
Be cautious about giving out your bank account,
passport information or social security number.
IS MY TENANCY REGISTERED?
You can check register lists the addresses of all tenancies
registered with the PRTB at https://onestopshop.rtb.ie/check/index.html