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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Beware of Vacation Rental Scams

Long & Foster joins local law enforcement in reminding vacationers to use caution when searching for and booking reservations online. Although most Internet listings are legitimate, a growing number of scammers pretend to rent out properties they don't own. Come check-in day, the guests arrive at their vacation rental only to find they've not actually booked it. Not only are they out their vacations; they've lost their money, too.

Legitimate real estate brokerages and independent owners almost always post well-written, grammatically correct ads. And they accept traditional payment methods such as credit cards or checks. You should never be required to pay with a wire transfer or money order exclusively.

Brokers and legitimate owners offer property photos, whether in the ad or by request via email, so guests can get a sense of what the rental looks like before they make a deposit. In addition, the individual you rent through should have detailed information about the property, such as the number of bedrooms and baths, amenities and the property's location within the resort area.

Your safest bet is to shop for your vacation rental on a broker website such as Long & Foster Vacation Rentals. Better yet, call 800-226-8095 and let us book your reservation for you! We have an excellent selection of vacation rentals located throughout the Jersey Shore and Delaware and Maryland beaches, as well as Annapolis and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland and Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia.

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