BBB Tip: Travel and Vacation Scams

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Don’t let vacation scams ruin your summer travel plans.

Be aware and prepared so you don’t fall victim to this vacation scams.  Here is what to look for:

Properties listed that promise low fees and great amenities with the “owner” creating a sense of urgency to get you to pay before you do the research.

  • Talk to the owner. If you are not using a service that verifies properties, do not negotiate the rental via email.
  • Get the phone number and ask detailed questions about the property.  If the owner has vague answers, RED FLAG.
  • Do your homework and check the public records. Look up the address on Google and confirm the property matches the one advertised.
  • Look for reviews and ask for references.
  • Never wire money or use a prepaid debit card. Once you send the money there is no way to get it back!  Pay with a credit card to avoid being out fo money.

Read the full article from the Better Business Bureau here.

To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.

To learn how to protect yourself, go to “10 Steps to Avoid Scams”.

 

For questions or more tips on how to protect yourself, contact our Consumer Protection Team.

Further Reading:

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