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Pass the sunscreen and umbrella because summer is here! Consumers are not the only ones who are happy to throw off those long sleeves and head out into the sunshine. Scammers also look forward to warmer weather in order to target victims with very specific summer scams.  

Employment Scams

Teachers, bus drivers, college students, residents of resort areas or anyone with some spare time can make a lot of extra money, especially in the summer months. prey on people who are looking for flexibility, significant income and easy work that will not conflict with other jobs.

There are a few telltale signs that a job offer might not be genuine. Unbelievably high hourly rates for basically no work, requirements that you pay for supplies or training materials, any offer that requests your complete identity in order to apply and any online offers that contain misspellings, vague information, links to click or software to download should be avoided.

Travel Scams

The myth of jetting off on vacation every summer is not the reality for a lot of people. Lots of consumers rely on specials, last minute deals, gig economy platforms like Airbnb or Uber and other options to save money while still taking a little trip. It is important to be aware of travel summer scams before you act.

Prior to committing your payment details or any other identifying information, be on the lookout for too-good-to-be-true offers like $99 for airfare and accommodations in the Bahamas, or the “I bought this non-refundable week-long stay in Miami and cannot go” messages that offer you ridiculously low prices. Some summer scammers go so far as to create entirely fake websites or steal photos of real properties to lure their victims. Others rely on genuine sites, like Airbnb, in order to post fake listings and steal money. Make sure you avoid shady opportunities and investigate options thoroughly before buying.

Moving Scams

Summer is a popular time to move, especially for recent graduates or families who wanted to let their kids finish the school year. Moving Scams can strike at any time during the year, but are especially prevalent during the summer. There are many different kinds of moving scams, but most of them involve hidden fees, estimates that are far less than the amount of the final bill and companies that change their names constantly to shirk off bad reviews online.

Social Media Scams

Your Facebook account or Instagram can when the weather turns warm. Everything from romance scammers and phishing attempts to burglars who scope out who is not home based on their posts can lead to harm.

Be mindful of what you post online, especially if you are taking that once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Also, beware of friend requests from accounts you do not recognize, or requests from people you thought you were already connected (i.e., hacked or spoofed accounts). Make sure if you are sharing interesting information that you are not oversharing or giving away too many of your details to anyone who can see them. Skip over messages from accounts you do not recognize.

Ticket Scams

Outdoor concerts, music festivals, and big-name concert tours are great summer fun if you do not fall for a ticket scam. The internet is flooded with everything from scalpers who overcharge for a legitimate ticket to completely bogus sites that steal your information and sell you a non-existent ticket. One of the ways to avoid ticket summer scams is to only purchase your tickets from legitimate, trusted retailers. If you cannot get tickets from the original source, you can go through a trusted reseller. Do your homework and make sure you are dealing with an honest company.


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Renting out your home might be the key to making big money, especially if you live in a sought-after location. While in the past you might have had to hire a property management company among other hurdles, technology has made it easier to take advantage of this opportunity. Companies, like Airbnb, let you post a listing for your home or property online, and people can rent the use of it at prices you determine and dates that fit your schedule. It might be your beautiful beach house in an exotic tropical location or just the spare bedroom in your house or apartment – some users have even posted their lawn space for camping.

While apps and technology make it easier to list and more affordable to rent properties, there is a downside. Criminals have flooded this innovative market place with scams. Scammers have used Airbnb to conduct rental scams, posting properties for rent they never managed. Now users are reporting fraudulent activity has taken place in the Airbnb platform. Account owners have noticed reservations being booked for non-refundable rentals that the users did not make themselves. Some have had their cards charged and money removed from PayPal accounts.

According to Airbnb, the platform has not been attacked or breached. In a statement from Airbnb they called these fraudulent charges “isolated incidents.” Airbnb’s investigation shows that these accounts were logged into with accurate login credentials and then the accounts were used to rent accommodations, charging the victims’ payment methods.

In short, that means someone got a hold of the victims’ login credentials. It’s quite likely that the information was gleaned from a previous data breach of a different company. This practice, known as credential stuffing, means if a users’ login information was breached in a previous attack their accounts using the same login are also in jeopardy. The Yahoo email breach, for example, would give criminals access to every single account you own if you are reusing that compromised username and password combination on other accounts.

While the damage appears to be rather limited, it is a good idea to change your Airbnb account password, even if you were not affected by these fraudulent charges. Monitoring your accounts regularly will also help you recognize suspicious activity as soon as it occurs.


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