Vacation Rental Fraud Advisory

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Vacation Rental Fraud Advisory

 

In recent years vacation rental fraud and internet based vacation rental scams have unfortunately gained popularity.   The City of Palm Springs encourages travelers and Vacation Rental operators to be cautious and look for “red flags” during the booking process.

What to look for as a traveler:

  • Use a legitimate booking site and or an established agency
  • Read property reviews
  • Check the prices in the areas and compare. The price may be too good to be true.
  • Always pay with a credit card.Never pay by cash, check, wire-transfer or money order.
  • Do not give out your social security number to book a vacation rental.
  • Check the address on Google Maps and verify the property does exists.

If you suspect that you have been a victim of a vacation rental scam, we have provided helpful resources below.

If you are a homeowner whose property has been falsely listed as a vacation rental please contact the listing website directly.  In addition you may flag (or report) the listing for removal, this option is available on most listing website platforms.