Vacation Rental Scams: Crooks List Other People’s Property for Rent

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ABC News Video #NIGHTLINE: Meet owner and renter victims of fake rental listings on real properties.

1. Scammer waits to intercept email address

2. Scammer lists real property

3. Scammer takes money for property he/she doesn’t own.

4. Scammer disappears and sometimes the owner victim and the renter victim meet in strange circumstances.

Recommendations

Never wire money; use credit card or PayPal instead.

Verify who is on the other end of the listed rental agreement.

Don’t answer any email that comes out of unusual channels.

Use reverse Google image search of a vacation site photo to see if it is used in multiple locations or scams.

Google search by image …

images.google.com/
(use the camera icon to bring up the proper field to paste the URL if you paste an image URL from a website.)

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