Derbyshire police are urging Ilkeston students to take extra steps to protect themselves from rental fraudsters.
Rental fraud takes place when victims are tricked into paying an upfront fee for a property that does not exist or which has been rented to multiple tenants at the same time.
As part of the Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire initiative, officers are issuing advice to help protect students from falling victim to possible rental scams as they prepare for university life.
The main advice is that if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
Police also recommend students request a copy of the tenancy agreement and to check their landlord is a member of the National Landlords’ Association by visiting www.landlords.org.uk.