PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Legal professional Basic Ashley Moody is warning the general public about trip rental scams which have grow to be all too widespread within the Sunshine State this time of 12 months.
“I like the seaside. I attempt to go to the seaside early within the morning often,” Sophia Pastal advised WPTV Monday at Ocean Reef Park in Singer Island.
South Florida seashores attract hundreds of individuals every summer time.
“We’re shut sufficient to the seaside the place it’s a two-minute automobile trip,” Massimo Dicicco mentioned.
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Dicicco advised WPTV he purchased a trip dwelling in Juno Seaside again in 2005, saying goodbye to leases earlier than the web turned a giant avenue when searching for a spot to remain.
“Our son was searching for a spot by FAU they usually made us ship all of our credit score data to get this residence they’d no intentions of renting to us,” Dicicco mentioned.
He mentioned they misplaced $100 to the rip-off.
It’s a giant downside within the Sunshine State this time of 12 months, prompting Legal professional Basic Ashley Moody to launch a warning final week.
“Pretend advertisements for rental properties are all around the web. Responding to those advertisements will price you cash, or go away you stranded with no place to remain,” Moody mentioned.
It’s additionally one thing on the Higher Enterprise Bureau’s radar all 12 months lengthy.
“It’s necessary for folks to look, in the event that they’re discovering trip leases on social media, typically Fb Market, ensure you click on on whoever is posting simply to see the opposite posts this individual has,” Cinthya Lavin with the BBB advised WPTV.
The BBB additionally suggests studying evaluations completely, checking to see if the pictures of the rental property are affiliated with different listings through the use of a reverse picture search, utilizing a good web site that gives safety within the occasion of fraud, and if the owner solely offers you an electronic mail deal with or a international telephone quantity, know that’s a pink flag.
“A whole lot of the occasions, they’ll present essentially the most lovely locations, giant with numerous facilities for a really small worth,” Lavin mentioned.
That’s one thing to bear in mind whenever you plan your subsequent getaway.
“If it appears too good to be true, it’s,” Dicicco mentioned.