Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Avoid Online Vacation Scams

When shopping for your family vacation, the internet is an invaluable tool. You can see photos, virtual tours, and read online reviews in order to get a good perspective on your rental. Browsing hundreds of properties on dozens of websites will help you find exactly what you need to ensure that your family has a comfortable and memorable North Myrtle Beach vacation. However, it’s important to be careful when shopping online; there are scams that will cheat eager vacationers out of money, ruining any hope for a fun trip.

In order to protect yourself, you’ll want to spend some time researching rentals thoroughly. There are plenty of good deals out there, but when you find one that is almost too good to be true, it probably is. If you see a rental being offered for much lower than comparable properties, it could be fraudulent. Make sure the rental company is legitimate and if possible, try to find reviews on the property. Craigslist is notorious for scams since it is not closely monitored. Stick to trustworthy sites like VRBO, FlipKey, Zaranga, and property managers’ sites like ours to be safe.

If you find a property listing online, Google the name of the property or the address. If the results on Google do not match what you see on the listing, it is likely a scam and should be avoided. Tell the “real” rental manager or owner that someone is listing their property illegally online, and do not complete a transaction until you are confident that the person you are dealing with is honest and straightforward. If you are unsure about someone claiming to be from a management company, try to contact the local chamber of commerce to verify the company.

At Ocean Drive Beach Rentals, we sympathize with the victims of online scams and we hope others can follow the tips above to keep their vacation investment safe. Call us at 877-287-2977 if you have questions about online vacation scams or if you think you may have found an unauthorized ODBR property listing.

By Brandon Moss of Ocean Drive Beach Rentals

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