Do Research To Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

By Corinne Rose

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- If you're thinking about taking a vacation this summer, you'll need a place to stay. But the Better Business Bureau is warning of scams running amok on the Internet these days.

The BBB has just put out an alert for you to beware of scams involving vacation rentals.

Officials say you need to do your homework when you've found something online -- to make sure the offer is legitimate.

A credible owner will always accept a credit card, so never wire cash or write a check as a down payment or way to pay the rest of the balance.

And beware of anything you find on Craigslist, Facebook or other social media, where frauds work very well.

“A lot of the pictures they take, they're stealing from other websites, and we suggest you have multiple photos of the rental property. And you go on Google Maps and check it out, see if there's a rental agent or property management agent to look for,” says Marjorie Stephens of the BBB.

You can always check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if the owner is accredited.

You can also do a Google maps search, or you can call the city the property is in to ask for a contact number for the owner and call the person directly.

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