Avoiding Coastal Vacation Scams

By: Obinna Heche

If you think you have been scammed out of money when renting a vacation home or paying for a vacation package, you have several options. While you may not get your money back, reporting the incident to the police can help them catch the scam artists before they strike again. Even though no one likes to admit when they have been scammed, letting others know can help protect other people. You may have to turn over any email correspondence, bank statements, and other information you have so police will be able to identify those who have stolen from you.

Another way to file a complaint is through the better business bureau website. This site was created as a watchdog for consumers. In addition to researching companies and small businesses, the site also allows people to file complaints. These complaints may be passed on the authorities if the lose is monetary. If you want to file a complaint about lack of customer service, false advertising, or overbooking, then you will be able to alert others and put an end to false business practices.

Filing a complaint with the chamber of commerce if you have had bad experiences with a local business can help prevent other people from being mistreated. Once the company has been investigated, the chamber of commerce may remove them from their website and refuse to continue to endorse them. For future travelers, you will be doing them a great service. Unfortunately, many small businesses are able to continue their operations because people fail to file complaints.

When filing a complaint about rental companies, resorts, or vacation packages sold to you under false pretenses, you should state your complaint as clearly as possible. This will allow the complaint to be thoroughly investigated. You should write down the events leading up to your dissatisfaction and include specific times and dates. If money has been stolen, you will need to provide phone numbers, banking transactions, names, and other information that can be used to find those who are responsible.

Due to the fact that scam artists are very good at what they do, you should be prepared for the worst. Chances are you will not get your money back. By filing a complaint or police report, at least you will have the satisfaction of dong your civic duty. Filing a complaint can also give you more control over the situation.

Coastal vacation scams are becoming more common as interest in visiting these areas increases. While you may not be able to visit a vacation home before renting it, there are ways that you can protect yourself. Never send money for a deposit on a vacation home. Wait until you arrive and have seen the home. If you become a victim of a scam, make sure you are able to provide as much information as possible. This will increase the chances that those responsible will be caught. Even though there are those out there who want to steal your money, there are many reputable real estate companies who have vacation homes for rent each year.

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