Archive for the ‘Scams & Frauds’ Category

List of Scam-related Email Addresses

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Below is a list of emails that have been connected to scam activities, or unverified listing postings or payments in Rentalo.com. We post this information with the intention to help our community of travelers and property owners avoid or stop future scams.
If you recognize any of these emails, we suggest that you pay special attention to our tips for avoiding scams.

marshalldavisrentals@netzero.com
john.borucki50@yahoo.com
wllsrob9@hotmail.com
williambreits@aol.com
rchprytula@yahoo.ca
info@crystalcityrentals.com
jmodell8@aol.com
newsmyrnabeach10@aol.com
eliapts@aol.com
marksongood@aol.com
Augusto_tromben@yahoo.com
iplatzky@yahoo.com
info@nautilusresidencial.net
craigmeyervrentals@live.com
janehomes06@yahoo.com
borrishill@gmail.com
tchristel@bebtorre.com
hmrvc9@live.com
salvatore_raffelo@mail.com
mike_gibbs@accountant.com
ratnerron@aol.com
destinwaterfront@att.net
nyreserves@aol.com
twobedroomflats@gmail.com
rolandrents@yahoo.co.uk
destinsearentalss@gmail.com
nicholas.welling@live.com
myrtlebeachblvdrentals@gmail.com
harrywillet@gmail.com
cozyheartpla@hotmail.com
mwseal@live.com
bettyjbrogdon@yahoo.com
nicholas.welling@yahoo.com
richstay@live.com
vacationrental.barber@gmail.com
plantationstyle009@gmail.com
Bmiami20@yahoo.com
georgi1atanasov1@gmail.com
mevra71@msn.com
anthony.magnoli@hotmail.com
andy.properties40@yahoo.com
orlandolakesvacations@hotmail.com
DavidMckinneyVacationApartment@consultant.com
simplesmiles116@gmail.com
robertandersonrentals@gmail.com
hbsj1145@gmail.com
jeffers.landrup@yahoo.com
d_apartment@aol.com
swingaspls@yahoo.com
chepe2468@yahoo.com
davidlan31@hotmail.com
harrison_powell2009@hotmail.co.uk
oceanwblvdrental@netzero.net
pierrehomevacation@yahoo.com
lesley3000@nyhabibtant.us
davidorr@hotmail.com
divinechoice61@live.com
cdapartment11@gmail.com
homerentals1314@gmail.com

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Also, refer to List of Scam-related Telephone Numbers

RENTalo Team

P.s. If your email is showing in this list, please contact us.

List of Scam-related Telephone Numbers

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Below is a list of telephone numbers that have been connected to scam activities, or unverified listing postings or payments in Rentalo.com
We post this information with the main intention to help our community of travelers and property owners avoid or stop future scams.
If you recognize any of these numbers, we suggest that you pay special attention to our tips for avoiding scams.

2063509757
3478093313
5166921981
5616355701
7863295532
9402382563
12062022158
12392475632
13053969093
13054248871
13236524315
13472931796
13863084263
14156895763
16032670617
16467559772
17084434839
17186184809
17898890011
18434915806
19173025706
19208542633
114042469939
343216974175
393483410364
447024055507
447024072234
447035988259
4401484662583
4470240687517020000000
44 0207 286 63333372 or 0-753-124-9930
+44 208 133 4679
011-31-642-688-884
011-49-162-4262-712
100-341-4356
1-116-084-69001
1-138-647-84126
1-201-654-4347
1206250-8543
1209-386-8155
1-209-730-6639
1305-457-6712
1305647-4712
1-340-643-3705
1-386-478-4098
386-478-7741
1-443-552-0784
1-456-745-8459
1786378-9655
1818-287-8460
1829-571-0310
1-843-224-7343
1850502-2129
1-850-588-1546
1-850-588-4633
1-908-955-0838
1917725-5036
203-111-23245
234-813-4514963
303-838-7653
321-332-7456
352-503-4630
786-468-7545
361-516-0731
415-617-5728
44-798-219-0751
504-400-1066
520 336 9516
561-574-5009
575-770-0918, or 0868
646-820-4358

7862176747
800-707-2137
510 689 1744
829-461-3393
849-290-2956
843-445-5936
850-225-7951
907-279-3264
(907) 770-2380
(888) 375-5569
907-895-1884
925-708-4952
941-358-9916
954-639-6199
13475578144

We will continue to update this page with new scam related phone numbers as we become aware.
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Also, please refer to List of Scam-related Email Addresses.

RENTalo.com Anti-Scam Team

P.s. If your telephone is showing in this list, please contact us.

Prevent Vacation Rental Scams

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011


It is not a secret that 99.99% vacation rental owners and managers are some of the  most honest and friendly people you will ever do business with.  That said, as  in any industry, you will find that 0.01% of unethical people (i.e. scam artists) affect everyone's reputation.  In 2010, the Federal Trade Commission reported 18,836 fraud incidents  involving travel, vacations, and timeshares.  It's  also known that the actual number of fraud incidents could be 99% higher than those reported.



The first step in fighting scams is learning what it is and how they work.  Below we attempt to answer these basic questions in order to better equip vacation rental  property owners to fight this disease that it is affecting us all.



How scams occur?



Some scams occur when travelers are asked to send money upfront to illegitimate owners.  Money means any form of cash such as wire transfers, checks, money grams, etc. Upfront means before arriving at the property. In the vacation rental industry, many owners require travelers to pay a security deposit or partial rental payment at the time of the reservation and/or before arrival, in order to secure the place. This particular feature is the main reason scam artists are attracted to this industry since they know that travelers are expected to pay some money prior to arriving.



Other scams occur via cashier checks sent by illegitimate "travelers" who send over payments.  These scam artists take advantage of the delays required by banks to steal from owners by asking them to wire the difference back (e.g. Opss! I made a mistake and sent you more money, please wire the difference back).  Then, by the time the owners get notified by their banks that the checks are  no good, it's usually too late to stop the wire transfers.



What can owners do to prevent scams? 



As a reputable vacation rental or hospitality business, it is your responsibility to understand how these scam artists operate so you can help fight against these practices.  Below are some tips to help fight scams:


  • - Report possible scams.  Keep in mind that the same people who are posting fake properties are also doing check scams.  As a property owner, you will get inquiries from scam artists trying to to send you counterfeit checks.   Please forward to abuse@rentalo.com any suspicious inquiry so our team and look further into it.
  • - When possible, suggest your first time clients to register their booking in Rentalo in order to receive a $5,000 anti-scam protection.  This program is absolutely free for travelers and sponsored by Rentalo to help owners overcome fearful travelers.
  • - If possible, comply with the reservations and cancellation policies used by most hotels.  Most hotels require a credit card authorization at the time of the reservation, and have a 1-day cancellation policy.
  • - If you require some form of upfront payment, comply with the anti-scam recommendations by not accepting wire transfers from travelers, specially if they are first time clients. Instead, accept credit cards, PayPal, or any other secure payment method that protect both your clients and you.
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    Also check these scam related videos:
    
    
    
  • - Top 10 online scams - Anatomy of a scam
  • - Watch a craigslist rental scam
  • - Rental Scams On the Rise - Check scam warning video
  • Introduction to Scams & Frauds

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

    Rentalo.com is highly committed to prevent frauds and scams.  This blog category has been created to post information on recent scams and frauds detected by our team.  Rentalo is also working together with other sites and clients to fight fraud.

    For additional information on this subject, please refer to our Tips to Avoid Scams and Fraud.

    If you have been a victim of a scam, please report a scam so that other owners become aware of it as soon as possible.  Thanks!