A lettings agency is warning that fraudsters have copied property listings and put them on Facebook Marketplace, demanding deposits from the public to view the properties.
Farrell Heyworth in Barrow says some of its website photographs have been copied.
A spokesman states: "It has come to our attention that there are fraudsters operating in the North West. These individuals are copying Farrell Heyworth property photographs from our website or social media and are using these to create property listings on Facebook Marketplace as well as requesting deposits to view.
"These individuals do not have authority to let these properties, nor are they able to gain access to the properties.
"We would always recommend letting any property via a reputable lettings agent. If you are interested in letting a property marketed by Farrell Heyworth, please contact us directly. We do not currently advertise any of our lettings properties via Facebook Marketplace."
Farrell Heyworth is one of the country’s largest and highest profile regional agencies.
Last year it reshaped an 18-branch structure into seven hubs, covering much of the north west of England.