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San Jose, CA — July 1, 2013 — ThreatMetrix™, the fastest-growing provider of integrated Web fraud and cybersecurity solutions, today announced preventative solutions and information for consumers to help them avoid scams that cybercriminals try to run on holiday home rental websites. Please click here for the infographic, “How to Avoid Vacation Home Rental Scams.”
There are a large number of legitimate websites that do an excellent job of enabling owners to advertise their rental property. But by allowing owners to deal directly with prospective renters, many of these websites have unwittingly given fraudsters a slick tool for conning unsuspecting holiday home seekers. Many consumers have lost money and had vacations ruined.
“Most legitimate holiday home rental websites are working hard to protect their users,” says Dr. Stephen Topliss, ThreatMetrix Services and Support Director in EMEA. “We know that fraudsters are by nature greedy, as they usually run the same scam multiple times. These actions enable ThreatMetrix to protect sites by gathering and analyzing data to identify abnormal behavior.”
Here are some ways ThreatMetrix can be used by holiday home rental websites to block scammers:
ThreatMetrix has identified some typical holiday home rental scams.
What Consumers Can Do
Consumers should be aware that the following things can indicate that a website is risky:
“Some websites do a better job than others of identifying online fraud,” said Topliss. “So consumers should always be on guard and make wise decisions.” Here are some tips on how consumers can avoid having their vacation dreams turn into nightmares:
ThreatMetrix is the fastest-growing provider of integrated web fraud and cybersecurity solutions. The TrustDefender™ Cybercrime Protection Platform helps companies prevent unauthorized access to web and mobile applications, protect sensitive data, and secure transactions against account takeover, payment fraud, identity spoofing, malware, and data breaches. ThreatMetrix protects more than 1,500 customers and 9,000 websites across a variety of industries, including financial services, enterprise, e-commerce, payments, social networks, government, and insurance. For more information, visit www.threatmetrix.com or call 1-408-200-5755.
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