Looking for a summer getaway? The AG's Office warns of vacation home scams on the rise

Published 05/29 2014 04:43PM

Updated 05/29 2014 07:06PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - With summer approaching, many Central New Yorkers are looking to book a vacation home for a getaway. But, the State Attorney General's Office is warning to be on the lookout for scammers trying to fool you and steal your money.

The AG’s Office says vacation fraud is on the rise. Scammers will post fake vacation homes and pictures on various websites to lure people in.

To secure the booking, they'll usually ask you to send payment via a wire transfer service like Western Union or Money Gram.

The problem though, these supposed vacation homes don't exist.

The AG's Office says it's best to speak with a renter on the phone to establish a relationship and get a better idea if they are legitimate.

You'll also want to get an exact address and make sure it looks like the photos. A Google search and using the Google’s Street View can be helpful as well.

Also when making payment, make sure you use Paypal or a major credit card, which can be easily traced if anything were to go wrong.

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