Last week we were saddened to hear again about a student who had been the victim of housing scams while looking for a room in Lisbon. Every semester we hear about this and we want to warn all students to be careful when searching for a room, especially when searching online.
In this case, the student posted in a Facebook group to say that there were searching for a room. They were contacted privately by a Facebook profile and then via email.
The housing scams usually follow the pattern of a Facebook message and conversation. They will send you a photoshopped passport picture to ‘prove’ their identity and will ask you to transfer money to a non-Portuguese bank account, giving the reason that is belongs to a friend or a lawyer.
These tips are not 100% effective and we advise all students and interns to be wary when booking a room for your stay and to verify the room in every way possible.