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Scammers looking to take advantage of vacation rentals

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With our warm weather, many are thinking about vacation rentals, but scammers are trying to take advantage of this.

A real estate agent in Green Valley tells Tucson News Now she received a call from a person back East wanting to rent a home in the area.  Once the real estate agent looked into the property, the Craigslist ad appeared to be a scam. 

The property was not up for rent and the ad didn't even use pictures of the actual home.  She quickly alerted Craigslist and the ad was taken off. The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona says unfortunately rentals are an easy target for scammers, and this is the time of year to stay alert.

While many are flocking to Tucson for recent events like the golf tournament, locals will soon find themselves in their shoes. Many people are starting to look for summer getaways.

"It is that time of season where if you were a scammer looking to scam people out of money in Tucson, it would be a good time. So you have to really keep an eye out for legitimate offers," says Nick LaFleur with the BBB of Southern Arizona.

Look out for too good to be true prices and try to verify if the property exists.  Never do wire any money.

For those renting out a second home, the BBB recommends to Google search your property to see if your information is being used.

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