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How Not To Be A Victim of Vacation Rental Scams

ID-100262368Renting a home, condo or apartment for a large family get away or just for two is a nice way to spend a vacation this summer. Love a home on the water, or hiking from a cabin in the woods, beware of scammers who want to build up your hopes and take your money. They can use fake photo’s and descriptions they have stolen from real estate websites to promote their fake listings on places like Craigslist. They put up a lovely photo, bring you in with a winning description and a low price you may not be able to resist.  Remember the saying ” If it sounds to good to be true it probably isn’t true at all”.

Scammers can ask you to send a deposit and in return they will send you the keys or tell you where they are to get access to the property. Either you will receive a set of fake keys, or the place where they said the keys would be will not be there.  Research any deal you come across on Craigslist or a site like it. There may be some that are  legitimate, but better to be safe and check with a real estate office in the area you are looking to rent a vacation spot from.

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