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Don’t be fooled by this Florida vacation rental scam

Posted at 9:59 AM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 11:57:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Florida’s attorney general has issued a warning about a common vacation rental scam that is duping people right and left.

Flights to Florida are pretty affordable, but imagine getting there and the place you thought you were staying is fake.

The fake listing scam is when a scammer builds an online ad designed to hoodwink consumers.

You can't beat the price but turns out you can't rent the property either, because it doesn't exist or was already rented by a reputable agency – and the details were just copied over.

Florida's AG says these are some red flags:

  • The ad demands immediate payment.
  • The only way to communicate with the renter is via email or a foreign telephone number.
  • There are minimal photos.
  • Or they're asking for cash.

If you run into a vacation rental scam contact the attorney general's office in that state.