Better Business Bureau tips on how to avoid vacation scams

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School is out, the hotter temperatures are here, and your summer vacation planning has likely started. As you search out the ideal trip, be on the watch for scams that can turn your relaxing vacation into a time of stress. Be especially aware of anyone using a sense of urgency to get you to book your plans before you've fully checked things out.

Here are five vacation schemes that have been reported to BBBs in recent years:

1. Vacation Rental Scheme. Vacation rentals are a great option to travel and have the comforts of home. But you'll want to watch out for listings for properties that either aren't for rent, don't exist, or are significantly different than pictured. In this scheme, vacationers are lured in with the promise of low fees and great amenities.