Next, be sure to use a reputable rental website like Airbnb or VRBO. If you have not heard of a site– or know someone who has successfully used it in the past– it may be best to steer clear.
It is also vital to ensure that any website you plan to pay through offers fraud protection and payment transfer options.
Finally, always check for property reviews from previous renters, be wary of listings that include foreign telephone numbers as a point of contact, and be sure to pay for your stay using a credit card.
This is because, in the case of a scam, it is much easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.
Moody also explained how, even though we are reaching the end of summer, renters must remain diligent as we enter the fall months.
“We are near the midway point of the summer season, and vacations are coming to an end as families prepare to send students back to school,” she said.
“But don’t count on scammers slowing down. Please keep your guard up and take precautions to avoid falling prey to scams through the remainder of this summer and beyond.”
And if you or someone you know encounters a vacation scam in Florida, you are encouraged to immediately report the incident to local law enforcement and file an online complaint with the Attorney General’s office at MyFloridaLegal.com. You can also call (866) 9NO-SCAM.
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