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Apartment scams in Barcelona

Apartment scams in Barcelona; unfortunately expats can be the main target for scammers in Barcelona. Our latest article can help you recognise and avoid apartment scams.

Apartment scams in Barcelona

Scammers posing as landlords

Just by searching for “apartments for rent in Barcelona”, you’ll come across illegitimate apartment adverts without even knowing it. The advert will probably seem normal, with photos of the interior and exterior, but the scammer will have simply taken those from another advert elsewhere. The first warning sign is if the price of the apartment is unusually low. That’s not to say that it’s fake, but one indicator is that “if something is too good to be true, then it usually is”.

How to avoid apartment scams in Barcelona


Phishing means to fish for personal information, usually in an attempt to get money or commit fraud as a person. Phishing usually consists of replicating the appearance of a well-known website in order to get you to think that you are reserving an apartment, when in fact you’re just passing them your sensitive personal information through the fake booking form. However, anyone could pretend they have an apartment to rent, via Facebook or email, and ask for you to send them details to make a payment. You should be cautious of giving any information, not just credit card details.

How to avoid phishing

How to report apartment scams in Barcelona

If you’ve identified an apartment scam in Barcelona, try to gather as much information as possible on the person behind the scam. Always keep your correspondence, such as emails and messages. Take screenshots of any advert or Facebook posts they may have made, or anything that could later be deleted.

City Council of Barcelona

Finding a place in Barcelona also means, knowing the residency laws and the official obligations as a tenant.


The City Council shared all the official information you need to know before renting a place in the city, in order to not be a victim of apartment scams in Barcelona. Click here to access the City Council website.

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