Stay Alfred has been around for a while now. Back when we first got started in 2011, Craigslist was considered a valid distribution channel for vacation rentals. We used to post ads there, and it worked well: We made lots of reservations, and we hosted many successful stays.
Then the copycats got started. They’d copy our photos and descriptions and pose as Stay Alfred. Unsuspecting guests made “reservations” with these bad actors; paid deposits by bank transfer, money order, or check; and then were left out in the cold when they discovered their money had disappeared and they had no reservation anywhere!
You cannot book a real Stay Alfred Vacation Rental on Craigslist.
We tried reporting the scam listings. We posted notices on our ads to be suspicious of any company that doesn’t accept credit cards. We wrote articles about how to spot a vacation rental scam. But the criminals were too prodigious, and the fake ads kept popping up. They still do!
It was just too confusing for our possible guests, so we made the decision to stop using Craigslist altogether. Scammers are persistent, though, and the fake ads still pop up. We report each one of them immediately (and you can too) in an effort to prevent more good people from getting fleeced.
Craigslist, itself, isn’t to blame. It’s a great marketplace, and you can find some solid deals there–just not on Stay Alfred vacation rentals.
Here’s how to stay safe of Craigslist:
Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
Beware offers involving shipping – deal with locals you can meet in person.
Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) – anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
Don’t accept cashier/certified checks or money orders – banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a “guarantee”.
Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing “deal” may not exist.
Fake Stay Alfred Craigslist Ad