Tips to avoid holiday fraud
You may have recently read about holiday scams, below are some tips to avoid being scammed yourself -
1.Check the site is secure , the web address should start with HTTPS - The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.
2. Google is your friend - Check if the property appears on various sites , check on Google Maps to locate it, Check on Google Street view to see if the pictures on the website correspond with Street view
3. Look on TripAdvisor and other review sites to see how many and the age of any reviews
4.Do they accept Credit cards?
5.Are the rates sensible, if they are to good to be true they probably are!
6.Is the availability calendar updated?
7.If the owner has their own website, do a "whois lookup" by entering the website address in the search box. This shows details of who owns the website. Does it match the owners’ details provided to you and those on listing sites? How long has the domain been registered for? If it’s only a few weeks be cautious.
8.Does the Owner/Villa have any active social media pages with comments from guests?
9.Is the Villa managed by an established Property Management company who does the cleaning or meet and greet? Ask for their details so you can verify the rental.
10.Try a reverse image search on photos of the property (using a Chrome browser, right click on the image and choose ‘search Google for image’). If you find the same photo being used for several different properties
Hope this helps to avoid any mishaps and have a great holiday...................