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Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to have to worry about is being scammed. While the internet makes browsing for villa rentals easy, it also puts you at risk for falling victim to vacation rental scams. Many times, these “rentals” don’t even exist, are not actually for rent, or have people already living there. By the time you’ve found that out, you’ve already paid your money and arrived at your destination. Protect yourself and your fellow vacation-goers by following these helpful tips:

  • Deal with only reputable vacation rental websites. Look up reviews on the owners and the rentals they are advertising. See if there is contact information for previous renters.
  • Browse carefully through the photos, description, and fine print of the property listing. Does it look legitimate?
  • Contact the vacation rental agency and pay close attention to how quickly they get back to you, if there are phone numbers you can contact, and who is responding to your emails. Keep a record of calls and emails.
  • If the owner wants you to wire money via Western Union, beware. The best way to pay is via credit card because it limits your liability in the event of vacation rental scams.
  • Use verification procedures if they are offered by vacation rental companies.
  • Work with a reputable St. John villa rental company like Windspree Vacation Homes. For over thirty years, Windspree has been matching vacationers with gorgeous and luxurious private vacation rentals. We have the reputation and the reviews to prove it. Call Karen or Kay today at 1-888-742-0357 to get started!

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