Tips to avoid vacation rental scams

Every year thousands of consumers are victimized through the internet by criminals whose main goal is to take their money.  A majority of these incidents are vacation rental scams and Miami Beach lodging scams. Many consumers have no idea of the risks they take when doing business over the internet or through classified ads.  Even fewer take the necessary precautions in an attempt to avoid these types of internet crimes.

It is important to understand how these scammers work if you want to avoid being a victim. Please take the time to read the tips below before booking your Miami vacation home or condo. Your chances of recognizing a scam before you hand over your money increase enormously if you know what to look for.

Tips to avoid Miami Beach lodging scams:

•    Check local government websites for the property records to verify the owner’s name.

•    Google the vacation properties address, landlord's name and even the phone number. You might be surprised at what you find.

•    Check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints about this property owner.

•    Ask the rental owner for referrals from previous guests.

•    Make sure there is a written signed contract before sending payment.

•    Most scammers will ask you to send money in the form of a cashier's check, money order, or wire transfer.

The most important tip is to use your judgment and trust your instincts.

If something happens, they could be negligent for property liability in Miami under Florida law.

If something doesn’t seem right it probably isn’t. When reserving your holiday vacation rentals we encourage you to use an established Miami Beach lodging specialist such as We have a great selection of Miami vacation rentals including Miami lodging homes and condos. Call us today at 1 (305) 673.3958 to find your vacation rental.



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