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Beach Town Police Deal With Summertime Rental Scams

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - Before booking a rental property at a beach town this summer, police advise you to be careful with several different websites.

Ocean City Police say they have noticed an increase of online rental scams over the past three years, seeing seven in 2011 and 12 last year alone. When renting during big holiday weekends, police say to search properties on a reputable websites with prices that are "very competitive."

"[If] there's that one [rental property] that you spot on a secondary site like a Craigslist or a Facebook site and all of a sudden, it's half the price of everyone else's, there's a reason for that," said Ofc. Mike Levy, Ocean City Police Department.

Also, Dewey Beach Police say they have seen similar issues over the same span dating back to 2011. Already, police say they have seen one reported case so far. Both stations added that these websites will use fake addresses and steal photos from realtors.

Police say most of the cases have ties to Western Union bank accounts over seas.

If you have run into any issues or red flags when booking, make sure to contact that area's police station. 

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