Summer is right around the corner which means now is the perfect time to look into booking your next summer vacation. Consumers must remember to be vigilant when making their booking online because the potential for scam artists has never been more prevalent. We wrote a blog on February 6th titled Avoid the Pitfalls of Vacation Rental Scams if anyone wants to refresh their memory click the title.
Barefoot Technologies Blog- Vacation Rental Industry News
With the season interim rolling through and companies switching their bookings, images, and all that comes with new season of renters, scammers can creep in unexpectedly. We preach the awareness of rental scams and how to educate your potential guests as how to best avoid a scam but seldom do we as an industry take a proactive approach to scams. Often, we will respond to an attempted scam but many times, the damage is already done.
Over the past few months we have seen some scams and issues coming through a few larger portals because, on some level, the portals leave the deals up to the private parties. This will not be the case much longer as HomeAway.com has launched its newest communication management tool. This isn’t a tool for HomeAway for professionals, or one that will even really compete with you at this point. It is a security measure for individual owners.
Happy Holidays to everyone and we hope this holiday season treated you well. Sadly with the ringing in of this New Year, my first post-holiday blog comes with some bad news. Another market is being targeted by vacation rental scams, Lake Placid and the Olympic village has reported dozens of rental scams this holiday season.
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Its always an interesting story to read when you click through a cacation rental scam headline. Sometimes the type of scam is new and you want to alert people, sometimes scams have hit a new area and the professionals there should be alerted, but one thing is for sure, you never feel content in anyway after reading about these scammers. Today, there was a chance for that to change as I clicked “Rental Scammer Gets Two Years”. Finally, I thought to myself, someone is being punished for these crimes. To my horror, once the web page loaded the rest of the caption became clear, “most of which already served”.
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The summer is here with warm weather, boat shoes, cookouts, Frisbee’s and family. Did you notice the one thing missing? Correct, vacation rental scams are missing this year because you have read this article on 5 steps to avoid a vacation rental scam!
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Most of our blogs have been about some news, trends, or business moves that we learn about. This one is a bit more generalized but I wanted to take the time to write it out. Barefoot Technologies actively uses social media, our website, e-mail campaigns, and calls to speak with our clients, both current and future. However, we also travel to industry tradeshows to meet you, first hand.
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Rental scams have been a part of this industry for years. Sadly, it seems that as long as someone has been kind enough to open their home, there is someone lowly enough to take advantage of that. We have tried to stay on top of scam trends, reporting on new scam styles and even providing tips on how to avoid scams all together.
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