Tips to Avoid Travel Scams

Here's a list of suggestions to keep in mind when searching for summer rental properties.

Many people pick out summer rental properties online- but beware. The Better Business Bureau gets hundreds of complaints every year from people who have lost thousands in rental scams.

The BBB encourages people to do their homework. Here's a list of suggestions:

  1. Use the BBB website to check out realtors, travel agencies, and vacation rental businesses.
  2. Search the property you're interested in on multiple rental sites to be sure it's legitimate.
  3. Use Google street view to confirm the property actually exists at the advertised address.
  4. Never wire money to someone. Use a credit card. If there's a problem you can challenge the charge.
  5. Get everything in writing.
  6. You don't ever want to pay in full upfront for any vacation package or rental.
  7. Be wary of unsolicited emails and websites offering deeply discounted travel deals.
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