Don't get scammed!!! Save money on your next vacation rental. #BookDirect
It's that time of year again when guest are looking for vacation rentals. How do I safely book a vacation rental without paying the VRBO/AirBnB service fees?
Guest are searching facebook vacation rental groups looking for #BookDirect rentals from owners and managers to save money. Why would somebody post a link that directs the guest back to a site that charges fees $$$ like VRBO or AirBnB? THATS CRAZY????
This also opens the door to scammers "look here but pm me for prices". Don't get scammed!!! You can't confirm the name of the owner through VRBO or AirBnB and facebook links. Protect yourself. If the owner/manager does not have a link to a website or listing site that has their contact information and that doesn't charge fees TELL THEM THEY NEED TO JOIN ONE. Support the new listing sites that allows owners/managers contact information and supports guest staying safe and saving money.
MOST SCAMS happen through PM. Personal Messages........it's the easiest way for a scammer to hide. Don't get scammed!!!! ALWAYS ASK FOR A LINK to a listing site or website that 1. doesn't charge site fees and 2. has the contact information including name and phone number visible. And 3. message through the link.
- Book on some of the new listing sites that do not charge site fees. For a list of sites scroll through this facebook group Vacation Rental 101 ....
BUT REMEMBER If it sounds too good to be true............well.........ITS PROBABLE A SCAM!
Support these new listing sites without site service fees, where contact information is available and protect guest from scammers and save money. It's a win win for both.
VRBO/AirBnB charge site fees, and hide owners contact information. If a guest wanted to pay those $$$$ fees they would have looked at those listing sites, but guest want to SAVE MONEY thats why they are looking in Facebook groups.
Here are a few facebook groups that ONLY ALLOW LINKS to sites that do not charge site fees or websites and allows communication and contact info on the listing sites or websites.