Summer may be a time to take it easy, but don’t let your guard down when it comes to scammers.


One summertime scam to look out for is vacation rental scams, according to the Better Business Bureau.


Likewise, individuals should be careful not to fall victim to scams involving fake festivals and events.


Scammers will post fake rentals and fake events to trick you into giving them your money.


The last thing you want on vacation is to show up to a room or event that doesn’t even exist.


“A lot of times you are saving for a vacation, they can be very costly, especially for a large family, so if you lose that money then sometimes you can’t go on vacation so you want to be very careful that you’re dealing with reputable, trustworthy companies,” Mara Clingingsmith Quincy, Better Business Bureau Regional Director said.


To avoid festival and event scams, BBB suggests doing the following:


If you have doubts, Google the name of the festival with the word “scam” after it to see if others have reported about the event.


Pay with a credit card: You can dispute the charges if the business doesn’t come through. Be wary of online sellers that don’t accept credit cards.


Look for secure sites: The website should begin with https (the extra “s” is for secure) and have a little lock symbol on the address bar.


Avoid tickets sold on Craigslist and other free online listings: Scammers are skilled at providing realistic tickets and fake receipts.


For rental scams, BBB has these tips:


Talk with the owner. If you are not using a service that verifies properties and owners, do not negotiate a rental solely by email. Many scammers don’t live locally, so get the owner on the phone and ask detailed questions about the property and local attractions. An owner with vague answers to your questions is a clear red flag.


Check public records. Investigate on Google or another search engine. Look up the address and use Google Street View to confirm the property matches the one advertised. Also, verify distances to beaches, attractions, and airports while on the site.


Look for reviews and ask for references. While you’re vetting properties, don’t forget to check bbb.org and other online reviews. Some vacation rental websites provide an opportunity to rate the rental property as well as the owner or property manager.


If the property you’re considering doesn’t have any online reviews, ask for references and call them. Again, listen for vague answers, which could indicate the reference is simply a friend of the scammer.


Don’t wire money or use a prepaid debit card. You should never pay for a vacation rental by prepaid debit card or wire transfer. These payments are the same as sending cash. Once you send the money, you have no way to get it back.


That’s why scammers depend upon these forms of payment. Paying with a credit card is your best bet to avoid being out money because of a shady vacation rental. If your rental ends up being a scam, you can dispute the charge and dramatically limit your liability.


If it’s too good to be true it probably isn’t. Scammers lure in targets by guaranteeing sales or promising vacation rentals at low prices.


Do your research. If the listing you are considering is much cheaper than others in the area, be suspicious. In general, free online ad services are also going to be riskier than a site with fraud protection features.