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Spring Break Rental Scams

By Scam Awareness | March 25, 2016

Fox 40 reports that vacation rental scams are on the rise in Lake Tahoe.  Recently, one scam artist targeted a group of tourists traveling to South Lake Tahoe by listing a private property on Craigslist and asking them to wire $8,000. The local district attorney's office is investigating other similar scams in the area. Often, these scam artists will ask tourists to wire money to an out-of-state bank account, then they close the account as soon as they withdraw the money. This makes it difficult for investigators to catch the scammers.

To avoid falling victim to a rental scam this spring break, follow these tips:

  • Use a reputable travel agency to organize accommodations
  • Look up reviews for any rentals you are interested in     
  •  Use a credit card to make payments rather than through a wire transfer  

This spring break, don't let rental scams ruin your holiday! If you think you've been scammed, be sure to contact your local authorities.

Stay Safe!

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