Julie Wheeler, the president of the BBB Serving Western Virginia said it’s a big issue for people looking outside the area and even locally, whether it’s a rental at the lake or in the mountains.
She warns that a listing could be a scam if everything’s booked and then something pops up all of a sudden or if the price is better than other listings.
Beware of rentals on Craigslist and Facebook too.
She said you even need to be cautious on sites like Airbnb, which has built-in protections because scammers will try to immediately get you off the site.
“VRBO and Airbnb, they’ve got some protections built into their site that help somewhat,” said Wheeler. “But what the folks that have the fake listings or are trying to scam you, they try to immediately get you off…