One thing to certainly be aware of if you are apartment hunting is scam postings on Craigslist. These are highly organised operations and exist purely to relieve you of your money.
You start to picture the situation of your wonderful luxurious apartment, inviting friends over and regaling them with the tale of how you picked up a wonderful bargain on Craigslist. The truth is, unfortunately, that the story you will end up with is one you will never want to tell anyone – of how you were totally scammed out of a deposit by a West African fraudster.
Take this ad for example:
I have two lovely bedrooms flat available for rent at the central heart of Zurich..It is available for rent presently.
DETAILS ABOUT MY APARTMENT……….Address : Falkenstrasse 10, Zurich 8008, Switzerland.\r\nSize of the Whole Apartment :85 m square
Number of bedrooms:2
Number of bathrooms:2
Monthly rental price: 800chf for the whole apartment including all bills
Security Deposit: 1200chf
AMENITIES AVAILABLE IN MY APARTMENT..
Equiped Kitchen,washing Machine,American Kitchen Fridge & Freezer Oven,Microwave Dish Washer Crockery & Utensils,Bath Shower Hair Dryer,Towels
Internet Dial Up, Internet Broadband Cable/Satelite
TV,Stereo/Radio System DVD Player,DVD/Music Collection
Central Heating Air Conditioning
Included in Rent:
This may well be the most well-appointed apartment in the world. Look what wonderful pictures!
It is “available” for 800CHF.
The premise is simple. if it sounds too good to be true, then it is.