4 others and myself are going through the motions of renting a student accomodation in the UK.
So far we have had to pay a holding fee to secure the flat. To do this we were given an account number and sort code to pay for this. We performed the transaction through bank transfers to the given numbers. I later rang their office to assure the payments had gone through okay and they had gone through fine and all 5 were taken. (5 renters)
We now are moving onto pay the first months rent as we have agreed but they have given us a different account number. (same sort-code)
When we asked about this they told us:
Please use the account number that is in the email from now on.
We change it every so often to reduce fraud.
Is this reasonable or a red flag?
Google search seemed to be obsured by fraud from a 3rd person party effectively tricking money into their account. However, I am confident that this represents a request from the estate agent and is not a fraudulent middle man.
It is not a practice I have heard of before and has given me cause for concern enough to ask here.