Avoid Vacation Rental Scams

Updated 5/17/21

I am starting to see a lot of NON Shore Summer Rentals renters being scammed by people claiming to be the property owners of vacation rentals that they post on Facebook. I also see many requests by renters looking for a rental home on Facebook and so called owners comment stating that they have the perfect home for them.

BE VERY VERY CAREFUL as Facebook DOES NOT VERIFY property ownership on ANY rentals posted but we do. Our owners have to go through a strict verification process to be approved on our website. Don't think that by looking them up on tax records, that is enough. It is not! These criminals also look up owners on the tax record sites and then impersonate them.

You should only rent through reputable vacation rental websites such as If you rent directly with one of our owners, you are exempt from paying the NJ Shore Tax if the owner owns less than 3 rental units, PLUS most of our owners do not charges made up booking fees. You can save hundreds, even thousands on our rentals. You work too hard for your money to throw it at greedy thieves and greedy public national websites.

We have been in business for 18 years now with no scams or fraudulent bookings. We handle the due diligence for you! Again, Don't hand your hard earned money over to these criminals.

If you are still in need of a vacation rental and cannot find one after utilizing our Advanced Search feature on, feel free to fill out the Rental Request form will place your request on our Rental Lead List.

This is an exclusive lead list available only to our active owners. If our owners have accommodations that match your requirements, they will contact you directly.

Renters: Submit your rental request now!
Current Owners: Don't forget to check the lead list in your account daily!
Prospective Owners: List your rental now!

NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – most likely, anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.

SHORESUMMERRENTALS.COM AND VACATIONRENTALS2U.COM IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION. We do not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer "buyer protection" or "seller certification". It is the renter’s responsibility to use good judgment and rent at your own risk.

NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. If a rental seems suspicious or the offer is too good to be true, it probably is, please contact us for us to investigate before any money is exchanged.


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