Consumer advocates warn against fake ads for vacation rentals

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Beware of fraud: If you are looking for a holiday home, you should take a close look at classified ads on the Internet. On well-known online portals such as Airbnb, eBay classifieds or Fewo-Direkt advertisements of bogus holiday homes and apartments can be found again and again, warns the Lower Saxony consumer center.

Fraudsters take advantage of the great demand for holiday apartments and lure holidaymakers with unusually low prices and beautiful pictures of the rental apartments. On arrival, the vacationers would then stand in front of empty properties. Or the accommodations are already rented.

The consumer advice center names features, by which travelers can recognize dubious offers: For example, when booking a booking, fraudsters demand payment of the full rent immediately instead of a deposit. Often the landlord’s name, address and telephone number are missing. Caution is also advised if the contact asks you to leave the booking platform for further communication.

Anyone who has been deceived should report to the police immediately. If a payment has already been made, vacationers should also contact their bank to check whether chargebacks are possible, advise consumer advocates.


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