OCEAN CITY, Md. - Police are warning of vacation rental scams, and giving tips before you book. Ocean City Police are reminding citizens to be cautions when booking online, and searching for vacation rentals.
Red flags to look out for include: poor grammar, spelling errors, and poor capitalization or punctuation on any online materials, according to officials. Police say that vacation rental owners who don't accept credit cards, should almost always accept a personal check, and that something to keep in mind is that most scammers will only take cashier's checks or ask money to be wired to a specific account.
Officials also warn about property owners who are hesitant, or unwilling to give additional information about amenities or photos. Police say as a renter, there are also steps you can take to protect yourself, including, not wiring money, and make sure the person renting the house, actually owns it.
Also suggested is setting up where and who you will get the keys from, and make sure the person and location is valid. Police say to trust your instincts if you have any concerns, and that even if you have to pay a fee, it is often safer to deal with a licensed real estate agent.