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Author: inparadise Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 20810  
Subject: Re: Couple Scammed in Fake Rental Listing Date: 6/13/2014 7:10 PM
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Yup. Wiring money is very typical in Europe, thankfully not so much here in the USA. I've rented via VRBO and Homeaway multiple times a year for about 15 years now, and never had an issue. My favorite way to pay? Credit card.

Eldest is in Europe using AirBnB at this time. He's rented 3 places in the past week...all good. Not sure how they paid, but probably credit card.

Vacation rental owners take on one heck of a lot of risk as well. I thought about getting into the business, but as I monitored conversations by owners decided it was not worth the risk. My best suggestion to make sure you are not being scammed is to call the number on the listing, Google the heck out of the listing to see if there are any spoofs, but fortunately, I've had no issues. Vacation rentals are the only way I want to vacation, and will be doing it for 3-4 months a year after we retire next year.

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