Advertisers on and other property sites have reported that they have recently received an increasing number of suspicious contact requests from abroad. These purported buyers may be fraudsters, which is why we strongly advise against responding to such requests.

Tips for property seekers

Approach extremely attractive offers with caution. If you are not sure if a listing is fraudulent, note the following security advice:

  • Never transfer money before you have viewed the property in person and the associated legally binding contracts have been signed.
  • Never make advance payments (e.g: via Western Union or MoneyGram).
  • Verify the seller’s contact details. The names and addresses often do not match. Search engines make it possible to to find sellers’ pseudonyms, company names and personal names.
  • Before completing the purchase/rental find out about the exact status of the property.
  • Avoid using 0900 numbers and SMS services.

Tips for advertisers

If you are contacted by someone who fulfils some or more of the points below, do not respond to this person and cease all further contact with them. If …

  • as the seller, you are requested to pay cash (deposit, commission fees, etc.)
  • cash is to be used for the transaction
  • the promised gains are excessive
  • a meeting in a public place, preferably abroad, is proposed for the money handover
  • the meeting location and time are changed at the last minute
  • the buyer accepts the purchase price without checking or viewing the property
  • in addition to the business at hand, other transactions (particularly currency exchange transactions) are to be made

When selling, do not accept payment by cheque – the payment may not be honoured!

Report fraudulent listings

If you suspect that a listing on is fraudulent, please let us know, stating the reasons for your suspicion. Report misuse of

Report a money exchange scam

If you suspect you have been contacted regarding a money exchange scam, contact your local police station or report the incident to the Swiss Coordination Unit for Cybercrime Control (KOBIK). Report a money exchange scam to KOBIK