Another Winter season is approaching in Whistler and already the stories are trickling in about people falling victim to online rental scams when searching for accommodation.
Whistler can get crowded during the peak winter months and it can be a tough task finding decent accommodation. People often get desperate and panic, and this is when scammers thrive.
PiqueNewsmagazine‘s current issue includes a story about how one unlucky Australian lost $4,000 to a scammer on Craigslist. The story is an all too familiar one. After replying to an accommodation offered advert on Craigslist, the man was talked into transferring the cash to a Western Union account in Manhattan, New York.
The rule of thumb is NEVER send money to anyone without first having met them in person and viewed the inside of the advertised property with them.
To learn more about how to look out for and deal with scams on Craigslist, please visit craigslist.org/about/scams.
Following the first two pieces of advice will likely keep you clear of scammers:
- DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON—follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
- NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is likely a scammer.
Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.