We responded to a Vacation Rentals By Owner VRBO #320991 via email for a Florida luxury beach house for a family vacation. Dan Ursu contacted us by email and offered the house for less rent than the website showed, but we were to wire transfer the money within 72 hours to a London Barclay bank account. Only then would he provide the ‘property access data’ and name of the local contact. Being suspicious of this demand for all the rental fee up front to be wired to England, I contacted the Fraud Unit of VRBO . They confirmed that the whole thing was a scam. We have rented for many years with VRBO, and have never had a VRBO website ‘phished’ so that without our knowledge, our legitimate inquiry to VRBO instead was diverted to Dan Ursu and his fraudulent operation in Vaslui, Romania.. (and by the way Dan advertises that he is a web site designer…) My advice: do not ever send any payment whatsoever on a VRBO or HomeAway rental without calling the Fraud unit to make sure you are not dealing with a crook. And did I mention that Ursu fraudulently advertised the house as being in Florida, when in fact it is in Alabama ?? I am so glad VRBO’s fraud unit saved us from flying 6 people to this nonexistent vacation house in the Florida keys…
Report Filed: email@example.com Dan Ursu, London UK and Veslui Romania luxury beach house FL vacation rental internet!!
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If you have been fraudulently charged on either your debit or credit card, or coerced into paying and was scammed, we would advise you to immediately either visit in person, or call your Financial Institution that issued you the card. Open a fraud dispute on all charges incurred, file fraud charges against the committers and cancel your card numbers… then get new card numbers issued to avoid more Fraud charges in the future!
Most of these Scam companies will offer you zero help with a refund, you MUST take matters into your OWN HANDS! Sometimes they will promise you that they will refund you to buy more time… DO NOT fall for that, from our experience most never see a refund. They are counting on enough time to pass that your fraud claim time limit window will expire, ultimately allowing them to keep your hard earned money! File the Dispute ASAP or Open a Dispute with PayPal and Immediately Escalate it, if you paid through PayPal to get your funds back! The longer you wait to dispute, the less chance you have of getting your money back. This is YOUR MONEY, fight for it!
If you find that you are past your window to File a dispute with your Financial Institution, or were denied for any reason, please do not hesitate to File a Complaint with the CFPB at this link here: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/complaint
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.
They will investigate and can sometimes get the payment reversed and taken back from these Scam Artists even if you lost your Fraud dispute with your Financial Institution due to the Scammers lying! Stay vigilent and good luck!