Florida’s Attorney General issued a consumer alert, warning tourists of vacation rental scams.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued an official consumer alert, warning tourists across the country to watch out for vacation rental scams this summer.
"Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the nation. Scammers will take advantage of this by creating fake vacation rental listings in hopes of stealing personal information and money. Whether you are traveling within the state or from out of state, make sure to take extra precautions when renting a vacation home to avoid being burned this summer vacation season," Moody said.
Florida's beaches draw in millions of tourists each year, but the Sunshine State is known for scams. Some cybersecurity experts refer to Florida as the "Scam Capitol of the World," but rental scams have expanded across the country. In July, the FBI's Boston Division warned Americans of increasing rental scams.
According to the FBI, scammers are stealing money on short-term and long-term rental scams. FBI data shows 11,578 people reported losing $350,328,166 due to these types of scams in 2021, which is a 64% increase from the previous year.