Transfering or wiring money is the same as sending cash - once you send it, you are unable to get it back. Scammers will sometimes ask you to tranfer or wire them money to secure the rental. Deakin recommends you do not tranfer or wire money for a rental property you have not personally inspected
It is not a good idea to send money to someone you have never met in person and for an property you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit a property yourself, see if you can arrange someone you trust to go and confirm that the property is a genuine rental and matches the advertisment, and your needs. If you pay money in advance, without personally inspecting the property, and it turns out to not exist, or not be what was advertised, it is very difficult to get your money back.
But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands. It might involve a lawyer or an “agent” working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys. Or require you to send more money before they will release the keys to you. Don’t send money to them overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking for other accommodation options.
For more information about how to recognise, avoid and report scams, visit SCAMwatch.