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Spain Applying for a visa while abroad. Spain Why you should choose South America over Spain for your year abroad. Community Facebook Twitter Instagram. Facebook Twitter Whatsapp Email. This scam is aimed to collect your details and use them to place fraudulent listings on idealista, whether you are a private individual or a real estate agent. They probably want to take away from the idealista environment so that we won't be able to monitor things and warn you if we notice anything strange.
After contacting an advertiser, you receive a call asking for a code that idealista has sent you by SMS and that you have received on your mobile. This is designed to make you activate a fraudulent listing using your phone number. The advertiser asks you to make a down payment through Airbnb. If this happens, you will probably lose your money.
At idealista, we don't have any payment system or any such agreement with Airbnb or other third parties. The advertiser claims to be an estate agent who is certified by idealista. Sooner or later they will ask you for money and you will lose it for good. This is one of the most well-established types of fraud out there. If you're lucky enough to get a key in the ends, you can bet it won't open the door you want it to. A potential interested party offers you a large sum of money and all you have to do is pay the transfer fees.
This is a classic scam: you give them the money but the supposed transfer of millions from some exotic country never arrives. They will try to make you believe if you just advance a payment to them, they will give you a briefcase full of banknotes which you can be sure will be fake.
Once you receive the money, your conscience will force you to repay the excess amount by means of another transfer and ta-dah! You will have unwittingly taken part in money laundering and you will be subject to police action. Internet in Spain. Ready to find the house of your dreams?