Does the following sound safe....
I'm moving along with my family to Birmingham this July. I've spoken to a landlord whom has asked me to place a deposit of £300 (via Direct Debit) to his account to secure the house although we have yet to sign a contract or anything of the sort.
I do however know his name, as well as the bank he is with, his account number and sort code as well as knowing the house that he has for rent.
I'm not too sure on how direct debit work but the fact I have his account number and sort code, if someone tries to run away with my money I can probably contact the bank and they can get him done for fraud. Because of my limited knowledge of how banks and direct debits work I can't really say if placing this deposit will be safe so advice please!