Tourists visiting Alaska have fallen victim by paying for fake vacation rentals, according to BBB of Alaska.
“We had a couple come up from Sacramento, paid $1,500, thought they had a rental for the summer and turned out to be somebody’s house in Bootlegger’s Cove,” said Michelle Tabler, Better Business Bureau of Alaska.
Tabler says that’s the biggest scam happening in Alaska right now: scammers are hijacking legitimate listings or take older listings of properties that aren’t rentals.
There are a few red flags to look out for, according to Tabler. The first is if the price on the rental property is too good to be true. “If it’s a lot lower than the market value,” she added.
“If it’s a lot lower than the market value,” she added.
The second is if the renter is asking you to wire money.
“Or get some sort of debit card… that’s a big red flag right there,” Tabler said. “They’re not using a credit card… that’s one of the biggest things.”
For more recommendations to avoid being scammed while on vacation, visit the Better Business Bureau website.
To report a scam to the BBB in Alaska, call (907) 562-0704.