Vacation rental expert offers tips on avoiding scams


Anthony Lipschitz is the chief executive of iStopover, a site that connects homeowners who have spare rooms, apartments or homes to rent with travelers looking for affordable accommodations. With several high-profile cases of vacation rental customers being ripped off — including, ahem, some of my colleagues — I wanted to find out how to avoid becoming a victim.

Apart from the recent stories about vacation-rental scams, how big a problem is this?

It’s a problem, but like everything else in life, you do have choices. If you choose to use pure classified sites then you have no recourse if you do get scammed. You should always use a site that has a telephone number and dedicated support, so you know who you’re dealing with and who to go to if something does go wrong.
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