Much like any business, it is important that you are able to recognize and protect yourself when doing business with vacation rental consumers. Short Term Housing has listed several common scammer red flags to look out for to help you weed out anyone seeking to deceive you.
Common Red Flags Include Anyone Who:
- Doesn’t know how to use spell check
- Has really poor grammar, capitalization, and punctuation
- Gives far too much information
- Offers to pay more then your asking rate
- Is not able to keep their own name straight within their inquiry
- Wants to wire you money or pay with money gram
- Doesn’t know what kind of home you have. (I.e “I love your pent house apartment” … Thank you sir- I actually have a log cabin)
- Their billing address is a PO Box
- Has unlimited availability
- Is insulted by; or unable to answer questions
- Has an anonymous email address
How To Avoid It
If the offer seems to be good to be true, it probably is. If someone is offering to pay more then your asking rate, wants to book your rental for an entire month, or is available whenever the home is- something is probably up.
Pay Attention to the Details
If dealing with a potential renter strictly by email pay close attention and look for all things mentioned above. And if even after you’ve payed close attention, you still feel uneasy, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and talk to the person directly.
Anyone of these red flags does not necessarily mean that you are being scammed. But if three or more of these occur simultaneously- it might just be time to dismiss that particular candidate.
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