DERBYSHIRE Police have issued advice to students in order to prevent them becoming victims of fraud.
The force is looking to raise awareness of people committing rental fraud among youngsters who are moving away for university.
Rental fraud is committed when victims are tricked into paying an up front fee for a property that does not exist or which has been rented to multiple tenants at the same time.
Officers are now issuing advice to help protect students from such scams as they prepare to begin their university life.
Detective constable Julie Wheeldon said: "Fraudsters are opportunists and often target students looking for affordable accommodation close to university sites by offering deals which seem too good to be true.
"Just remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Take a step back from the situation, ask for advice and ensure that you do not hand over money up front to secure a room.
"Make sure that you visit the property with the landlord before handing over any financial information and be wary of those landlords who refuse to let you visit the property."