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Be aware of Scam Easter Holiday Rental Ads

14 May 2014, 08:00

The Easter school holidays are traditionally a time when families make their first escape of the year and take a break from the world. It’s also a time when scammers crawl out of the woodwork to try to part you from your money. Holiday rental ads are just one place they choose to do it. With Easter only a couple of weeks away, now is a good time to reiterate the basic principles of being safe online. Also highlighting the way scammers use holiday rental ads to trick the unwary. Be safe online There are a few basic principles that protect you while online. You should know them already but in case you’re not, they are: •Never give away more personal information than you need to •Never click links in emails unless you’re sure of the sender •Always use a credit card on purchases over £100 •If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is How scammers use holiday rental ads Quite often, there is now way to tell a fake holiday rental ad from a real one. Most scammers tend to take real ads and modify them to suit their own nefarious goals. A typical fake holiday rental ad will look and sound legitimate because it was a real one. Before sending money anywhere, you need to be sure of a few things. •Ensure the letting or travel agent is legitimate •If booking online, confirm booking directly and independently with the property owner before sending the deposit •Sign the agreement before paying the deposit •Be aware of hard sell or…

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