Isle of Wight house hunters warned about bogus Facebook adverts

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The Isle of Wight has become increasingly popular among people looking for holiday homes

House hunters who are "desperate" for a new home are being targeted by scammers posting bogus adverts on Facebook, a council has warned.

Isle of Wight Council said it had received "worrying reports" that residents were being asked for upfront fees to view rental properties.

It said photos being used may have been lifted from genuine letting websites.

In a statement, the authority said it was concerned scams "could see people desperate for a home out of pocket and no closer to their dream".

It added: "Trading Standards and the council's housing department are warning residents that no matter how desperate they are to find somewhere to live, never part with money for something that is free.

"The properties may not be genuinely for rent, or photographs may have been taken from genuine letting websites without permission."

The council has linked rising property prices on the island with an increase in its popularity, as both a place to live permanently and for holiday homes.

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