Joined: 27 Apr. 2001
From: Galashiels Selkirkshire United Kingdom
Yes, always keep an eye out for this sort of thing.
Unfortunately there are quite a few scams out there. Warning signs are:
a) Very poor English
b) Wanting to book a very long, high-value stay
c) Wanting to transfer extra money to pay for equipment they want delivered to accommodation. (You'll end up paying for it, and their cheque will bounce).
d) Booking a long stay with a funds transfer, cheque or bankers draft - then getting called away within a couple of days and asking for a refund. (Their payment will bounce - and you've ended up paying them!)
Some of these things could be innocent enough (not C or D) - but in combination - watch out! If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is.
There used to be a good scam alert system for accommodation providers, but I don't think it's still operating.