OC police warning visitors of hotel scam

It's no secret, everybody likes a good deal. However, if the deal sounds too good to be true, then it usually is, and that's exactly what's going in Ocean City. 

Ocean City police say in recent weeks, they have received a number of reports of people falling victim to a discounted hotel room scam.

The victims report "booking" a hotel room on websites like Craigslist for a fraction of the actual price.

However when they show up to check in with their family and all of their bags, they find out their room was never booked. 

Now the Ocean City police department is offering tips to help you avoid falling victim to this scam.

Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said, "Make sure the site is reputable. If it is too good to be true, it probably isn't. Verify, whatever you're about to do, check references and if there are any questions, contact the Ocean City Police Department and we will give you a helping hand."

This scam is not only targeting those looking to book a short hotel stay, it also targets those looking to make a year round rental or summer rental, meaning someone could get scammed out of thousands of dollars.

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