Don’t Let a Rental Scam ruin your Vacation on the Outer Banks Online listings really help when promoting a home for sale on the Outer Banks – and listings can be found everywhere. However, easy access also gives materials to scammers.
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Don’t Let a Rental Scam ruin your Vacation on the Outer Banks

Online listings really help when promoting a home for sale on the Outer Banks – and listings can be found everywhere. However, easy access also gives materials to scammers.

According to the Kill Devil Hills Police department, “There’s so much available online now about these rental homes. I mean, you can take the virtual tours. It’s very easy to mimic a real ad, and they’re very realistic. They have real information. The only thing that’s fake is the contact.”

There are ways to tell if an ad may be a fake or scam:

  • Poor grammar and misspelled words.
  • Rental rates far below the Outer Banks market rental rates
  • The need to wire money instead of using credit cards

for rentCraigslist.org gives warnings how to protect yourself from rental scams:

  • 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.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON—BANKS WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, provide escrow, “buyer protection” or “seller certification.”
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.).
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.
  • DO NOT RENT HOUSING OR PURCHASE GOODS SIGHT-UNSEEN—that amazing rental or cheap item may not exist.
  • DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT OR BACKGROUND CHECKS until you have met the job interviewer or landlord/agent in person.

It is always best to deal with a reputable Outer Banks Rental company whether you’re looking to rent a vacation home on the Outer Banks or lease.

Village Realty has two vacation rental offices for your convenience, located in Nags Head and Corolla. Rental properties managed by Village Realty are located in Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Corolla, and range from rentals located on the golf course to large homes with oceanfront vistas.

Village Realty also offers a variety of Property Association Management services for owners associations located within Dare and Currituck Counties of North Carolina. Services include financial management, administrative duties and maintenance for your property owners association.

Our real estate sales division has three locations to serve you in Nags Head, Corolla and Columbia. For more than 20 years, Village Realty sales professionals have helped families purchase their dream vacation homes on the Outer Banks.

I along with my company, Village Realty, strive to provide uncompromising service, quality accommodations and outstanding representation to our clients and customers.

Call me today for all your real estate needs on the Outer Banks!!

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