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February 4, 2013

Locals warned of Internet vacation-rental scams


However, the protection against Internet fraud does not cover renters who pay with cash, a check made out to cash or money wired through Western Union or money gram, police said.

And while those who pay with a credit card can dispute the charge with the card company if they are the victim of a scam, there is little hope of recovering money that is sent directly to someone through money transfer, police said.

The Peru woman who reported the scam to police wanted to spread the word so people wouldn’t fall victim to Internet fraud, the investigator said.

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