Landlords, letting agents and tenants in South Yorkshire are being warned about an increase in rental fraud.

Local police there say they are receiving a higher than average number of reports from Action Fraud about would-be tenants being targeted by fraudsters.

PC Vicki Arrowsmith, from the Fraud Co-ordination Team, says: “Victims are making enquiries in relation to properties advertised on social media and then contacting the fraudster directly via email, phone or direct messages.

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