Avoid Online Scams!

Unfortunately, there are people trolling the internet who will do anything for money, including trying to cheat you out of yours! Here are some things to watch out for to ensure you don't get scammed:

  • Avoid Owners who will only deal with you via email. This is the most common scam occurring on classified listing sites.
  • The rental property is local but the owner claims to be abroad for travel or work and asks for money to be wired. This could be a sign of another classic scam in which the rental property itself, pictures and all, is simply an enticement for you to send the purported “owner” money, never to hear from that person again.
  • The property itself does not exist at the address given. It is a good idea to double-check an address with the U.S. Postal Service’s free ZIP code lookup service (usps.com) or even look at a “street view” of the property using Google Maps (maps.google.com).
  • Ask lots of questions! If they don't seem to know or are slow with answers, beware.
  • Get it in writing!
  • If they will only accept certified checks or bank wires - Beware!
  • If possible, pay with a credit card. Most credit card companies have a dispute resolution process for fraud.
  • If possible, deal with Vacation Rental Companies that are local and licensed.
  • As an owner, never accept more than the amount owed by a renter. The next step may be for the “renter” to request that you pass the excess money to a third party. Many times the check will be a forgery, and by the time you find out, it will be too late.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Exercising common sense is the best way to avoid internet hoaxes.

More info

For more information on potential scams and how to protect yourself, visit: Vacation Rentals Watchdog

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