Temitayo Adetoro, a journalist, has uncovered loopholes in some online property renting mart. These loopholes are being exploited by fraudulent agents who bait and dupe unsuspecting customers seeking for vacant apartments to rent on promotion platforms such as Jiji, Nigerian Property online, Property Market and more.
The journalist cited a recent case where one Olaleye Aderonke allegedly posted a vacant property in Gbagada, Lagos, on multiple platforms, and pressured prospective tenants into paying some amounts of money into her Stanbic IBTC Bank account. Having received around N20 million from multiple applicants for the same property, Olaleye cleared her account and disappeared, leaving the applicants stranded.
Upon verification, the applicants discovered the agent’s relationship with the landlord of the supposed property was not genuine. The case is presently being handled by the Ifako-Ijaiye Police Station at Gbagada,Lagos.
One of the said victims, Priscilla, an Immigration officer, faulted the online marts that listed the properties for the agents. She said, “How can you register a property and not know the owner?”
She added, “I found this property on Nigerian Property online, and the number of the agents are switched. Now the house is guided by security personnel. They don’t properly check this house they take their clients to”.
This should serve as a warning to anyone searching for properties to rent or buy, online. It is important to check and double-check the credibility of the online platforms, the agents, and the apartment/ house in question and the proper owner, before making payment. Better still, it is advisable to involve a lawyer when making such transactions.
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