A new rental scam has come to light.
A fake garda officer is being used to scam people into handing over money for deposits on properties.
Gardaí have issued a warning about the fraud after an email claiming to be from a member of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau was brought to their attention.
The con is designed the use of a non-existent garda inspector.
"It has come to the attention of the Gardaí that persons are receiving unsolicited emails from an individual claiming to be an 'Inspector Andrew Cullen' of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau.
"No such Garda member exists, these emails are not official and appear to be part of a rental scam to deceive people into handing over deposits on properties.
"If you have any concerns about unsolicited emails or other correspondence received from An Garda Síochána, please contact your local Garda Station to verify the authenticity of same.
"It is important to note that An Garda Síochána will never ask you for any personal or banking information through email or over the phone," said a statement.
Full advice in relation to rental scams can be found on the garda website