Honestly, I must have a big S on my virtual forehead for “:sucker:”. Last year, we stayed in a gorgeous condo with my parents but never got our deposit back. It was a big chunk of change as it was a full month’s rent. The man who owned the company that the agent worked for turned out to be an A1 crook and it has now turned into a criminal case involving extradition, hundreds of victims, very messy. I doubt we’ll ever see a penny of that money. All of this has been unfolding slowly since about the end of last year. So you’d think we’d learned our lesson about dodgy real estate on the web. Well I’ve done it again. I gave some money to a non existent person for a non existent apartment in New York for our weekend. This time we are only out the 3 nights worth of rental, but I feel incredibly stupid and annoyed. So for my friends to whom I recommended Craigslist as a great place to fine deals on vacation rentals, please be careful. I have rented successfully from them in the past so they are not all crooks but it is a tremendous leap of faith I realize now to send someone you’ve never met money in the hopes that they will do what they say they will. So no more deals for me, I will just spend the extra and potentially save myself hundreds in money lost not to mention the aggravation and inconvenience. I feel badly for all the honest people out there trying to rent their places out. All I can say is Jane Synovec, if you really exist, I hope you use our money for something stupid and it brings you no joy.