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Old 09-13-2016, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default A word about scammers

Scammers are alive and well — even here on MouseOwners — perhaps especially here on MouseOwners, since our RTB is merely a free “classified ads” system in which anyone can (and does) participate.

People have been scammed here. I repeat: People here have been scammed!!!

When we are made aware of a situation in which someone has been scammed, we ban the scammer and label that user a scammer. (Hint: If you see “SCAMMER!!” in the user title, then you probably should avoid doing business with that person.) This action, however, is taken after the fact! We do this so that the user title might serve as a warning to those who might be in continuing contact/negotiations with the scammer. Because of the freedoms inherent in our forum software, however, we have no way of identifying members with whom the scammer has been in contact; we cannot send out “warnings” to those involved.

In other words, please do not let the scammer label lull you into a false sense of security, thinking that MO vets or scrutinizes those who participate on the RTB. We do not! When it comes to the RTB, you are on your own.

We do, however, offer the following suggestions for those MOs trying to secure reservations/points for vacations. Following these suggestions lessens (but does not eliminate) the chance that you will be scammed.

1. Check the relevant Comptroller/Recorder’s recorder to ascertain whether the potential owner is actually and owner:

Orange County (FL) Comptroller/Recorder (Disney World Resorts):
http://or.occompt.com/recorder/web/

Indian River County (FL) Comptroller/Recorder (Vero Beach Resort):
http://ori.indian-river.org/home/index

Beaufort County (SC) Comptroller/Recorder (Hilton Head Island Resort):
http://rodweb.bcgov.net/nvtest/or_sch.asp

Orange County (CA) Comptroller/Recorder (Disneyland/Grand Californian Resort):
https://cr.ocgov.com/recorderworks/

State of Hawai’i Comptroller/Recorder (Aulani Resort):
https://boc.ehawaii.gov/docsearch/nameSearch.html

2. Do not use wire/bank transfers or Western Union payments. Think twice about cashier's checks.

3. Remember that Google is your friend. Google the owner and his/her telephone numbers and addresses, and make sure they match up with the particular area of the country they're supposed to. If they don't match, make sure there's a damn good reason why.

4. DO NOT put your email address in your wanted ad. Scammers can and will cold contact you to try to separate you from your money, saying "I saw your ad on MO...."

5. For heaven's sake, get references. Check their activity and interactions on this board. Don't rent from people whose post count is non-existent or who don't have accounts.

6. Finally, remember that if it sounds too good to be true, IT IS!
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