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Making Plans to Travel this Holiday Season?
If you plan to use a popular vacation rental website or application (app), such as, AirBnB, HomeAway, or VRBO to find your next getaway, beware. Cybercriminals are using these services to trick you and steal your money.
How Does It Work?
The scammers often post completely fake rental listings using images they find on the internet, or they steal pictures and property details from legitimate rental listings to create their own listing with the scammer’s contact information. When someone inquires about a fake listing, the scammer will request a security deposit or a portion of the full rental price as a down payment.
Once the scammer has your money, they’ll cancel the reservation at the last minute, or you will arrive at your vacation home to find that the property is already booked, or that the property doesn’t even exist.
How Do I Know It' a Scam?
Don’t let the scammers ruin your vacation. Remember the following tips when you’re booking your next vacation rental online: