SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – As many drive off to their holiday weekend getaway there is a few things to be aware of before it ruins your plans.
Dolores Salinas from the Better Business Bureau said you can fall victim to rental home scams if you do not take the right precautions.
“Scammers can purport to be booking agents and they’ll take your money, and then once you get to the property you’ll find that you were duped, you were scammed,” she explained.
To safe guard your money, Salinas said it is recommended to use a major credit card. This will help you report it to your credit card company and get them to reverse charges.
“Anytime they deviate from a normal website for payment then that’s a red flag. Those methods of payment are not traceable, there is no way to get a refund and there’s no recourse,” Salinas added.
Another thing to look for is a direct number to contact the agency or company. That way you can verify if the listing is the real deal.
Which is a problem, Salinas said, that will be seen more often during uncertain times like this.
“It’s even more incumbent on consumers to be on guard, to be more alert, and more vigilant and how they spend their money and with whom they spend their money,” she said.
The Better Business Bureau also encourages the public to use their resources to help verify the listings and report the incident if you become victim of it.