Police are urging students to take extra steps to protect themselves from rental fraudsters.
Rental fraud takes place when victims are tricked into paying an upfront fee for a property which does not exist or which has been rented to multiple tenants at the same time.
As part of the Stamp out Fraud in Derbyshire initiative, officers are issuing advice to help protect students from falling victim to possible rental scams as they prepare for 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 upfront 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.”