Attn Renters/tenants -Please do your homework the best you can do.
It is important that you do not get scammed.
Before ANY money (rent) changes hands, please make sure that you, the renter do your best to make sure that you are not going to be scammed.
A reputable owner will encourage you to check directly with the resort to confirm ownership.
Please contact the Resort. Please do the best homework that you can do.
These are tips I give my friends/family:
For rentals on Marriott properties, I ask for their confirmation number and use the Marriott website with the last name and confirmation number to verify that they have a confirmed reservation. I check the dates, room description, name and email to see if it matches the person I am corresponding with. For other resorts, I would contact the hotel directly. Forums like this one can be helpful in finding contact information.
When the person asks me to send a check, I look up their address on free internet sites to see if I can find a match. I also look for them on Facebook using their name and city.
If their email address includes a business name, I google the company.
If anything seems off, I step away before any money changes hands, which I have done once. I just didn't have a good feeling after a few emails with the guy.
My other advice is not to advertise a week you want to rent. I feel like that opens you up to a scammer easily saying oh yes, I have that week, send me your money. I prefer to find a set week that I am interested in. I use forums, facebook groups, and Redweek.com to look for specific weeks. One thing to note about the PlayaLinda.com member forum: you must be a owner with an identification number to register and post on the site. Most of the owners will post their email or phone number so non-owners can contact them. This gives me confidence in the postings there.
My personal experience includes rentals from Redweek and a Facebook Aruba group.
i got this message today from a forum member.
do any of you have advice?
"hi andrea, hope you can share some wisdom with me. I posted on facebook to a group I belong to Aruba! that my wife and I hoped to come to paradise during week 2 and was looking for a place to rent. maybe people are just super helpful but I immediately started getting pms from people with offers. what should I look for to make sure I don't get scammed? I've never rented from someone before and am nervous about it. one mentioned aruba ocean club, another the riu, another casa del mar, etc.... any help you could pass along would be greatly appreciated"
3.) Never pay with cash. The preferred methods of payment among criminals are cash and cash-transfer services like MoneyGram and Western UnionWU +0.00%. Use a credit card instead — Visa, MasterCard and American Express will all allow you to recover money you lose to fraud. Reputable sites like Airbnb will hold your security funds in escrow. They play middleman, making sure you’ve put the funds in place before you get keys. (Some portals offer insurance against fraud — but it’s expensive and may not cover much; read the policy closely.)