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Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

While every property listed with us has undergone a strict and thorough screening process, we cannot guarantee that our directory is 100% scam-free.

To check the legitimacy of a vacation rental property before making a payment we recommend you to do ALL of the following:
  • DO NOT WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service - based on our experience, anyone who asks you to do so is very likely to be a scammer.
  • ALWAYS SPEAK TO THE OWNER ON THE TELEPHONE
    • Call-up the number of the owner provided in the e-mail we send you after each booking inquiry you make.
    • Test the owner by asking in-depth questions about the rental and compare the his answers to the listing (e.g. "how far is it from ...?" or "how is the kitchen equipped?")
    • If you keep on getting an answering machine: ask for the owner to call you back and say you will not pay until you speak to him.
    • If for whatever reason, you do not feel comfortable with the owner, do not make any payment.
  • TAKE TRAVEL INSURANCE - take an extra precaution and find out whether your travel insurance will cover your vacation rental cost
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL "GUARANTEE" YOUR TRANSACTION.
  • DOMEGOS IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification"

Who should I notify about fraud or scam attempts?

  • FTC toll free hotline: 877-FTC-HELP (877-382-4357)
  • FTC online complaint form (www.ftc.gov)
  • Canadian PhoneBusters hotline: 888-495-8501
  • Internet Fraud Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov/)
  • Non-emergency number for your local police department.

If you suspect that a property listed on Domegos may be part of a scam, please email the details to:

We will immediately remove the reported property. Be sure to include the property ID in your message.




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