Hello, I've been searching for a one week rental flat in London for my sister and I'm wondering if I'm running into scams. One "agency" wanted me to open an account with Barclay's. And another would not provide me with their phone number, saying they were on a business trip and could not be reached, but could we wire the deposit of $1200 from a Western Union branch. Yet another has asked me to do all of the above, but asked that I also send them a copy of my passport as well. I've never rented a vacation flat before. Are these all legitimate requests?
Has anyone dealt with a reputable and honest apartment/flat vacation rental agency or an private renter in London that they can reccomend? Thank you!