Property investors with interests in the Middle Eastern markets could be among those interested in recent events in Dubai.Industry lawyers have warned of a rental scam, which has seen prospective tenants duped out of thousands of dirhams.Mashhood Hamid explained that he paid Dh140,000 for 12 months rent and other fees after signing a contract to rent an apartment in the emirate.He was due to move in on July 5th but has not been able to get in touch with the agents since signing the contract."I went to the office and met another five or six people looking for the agents. The company said the office was closed for three days, but I tried to contact them continuously for about ten days and all the phones were switched off," he commented.Property law specialist Ludmila Yamalova said: "I recommend you never give cheques addressed to the estate agent. They should always be addressed to the landlord. The agent's commission should either be paid by the landlord or the tenant should pay it separately."