Scammers create fake vacation rental websites, deceive consumers

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Summer is just around the corner and scammers are beginning to target consumers through fake vacation rental websites. 

The Better Business Bureau reported the average loss of a vacation rental due to a scam is around $1,800.

Scammers are using fake vacation rental websites to steal money from consumers. They are using real photos from real sites to lure renters into purchasing.

The BBB encourages consumers to watch out for these fake sites because they say they do pop up frequently.

“Sometimes they can be scams, so we really suggest people do their research ahead of time and be very wary when you’re going on classified websites looking for rentals,” said 

Alyssa Gutierrez, Director of Communications, BBB. “The biggest thing that you can do is just take your time, really if you take 5 to 10 minutes, do the proper research you can avoid those headaches.” 

There are red flags to watch out for, such as grammar and punctuation mistakes, generic descriptions and unrealistic rates

The BBB suggests you know the going rate for the particular rental you are looking for. They say if it looks too good to be true it probably is.

You can also do a Google Image reverse if you believe the website may be fake. If the image of the rental pops up somewhere else do not buy it.

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