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Thread: Villa Fraud St Barts

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    FS55 is offline
    SBH New Member Joined: Oct 2019 Posts: 1

    Villa Fraud St Barts

    Hello,
    We recently searched and found a villa we like under HomeAway/VRBO; the property manager that came up "David Hasswell" and property owner Jullian Design LTD; we got a rental contract fom Present HomeAway, Inc; turns out to be a FRAUD!!!! We sent the contract back signed and then a deposit was wired to HSBC; we became suspicious when "David" didn't send a welcome package; we questioned him and he said that the villa was rented by the owner and our dates were no longer available; he said he would wire back our deposit.....its been over a week of chasing "David" and being run around..........no return of our deposit. If you are dealing with this co/person; run don't walk away!!!! Total FRAUD!!!!!!

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    stbartshopper is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: Dec 2013 Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. Posts: 8,352

    Re: Villa Fraud St Barts

    What is the name of the Villa you supposedly rented? Sorry about all of this.

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    Jim A is offline
    SBH Member Joined: Jan 2017 NY Posts: 326

    Re: Villa Fraud St Barts

    Good luck on this. Maybe a week isn't that long and they just haven't refunded it yet?

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    krand1 is offline
    SBH Member Joined: Jan 2011 NY, NY Posts: 174

    Re: Villa Fraud St Barts

    I am sorry to hear about your experience, but isn't wiring money for this purpose frowned upon in the credible circles of home rentals? We once rented a condo in Colorado thru VRBO and no wiring of money was involved. We put deposit and balance on American Express. I hope your situation resolves itself but I would never wire money to anyone but my mother.

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    NancySC is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: Sep 2017 Posts: 870

    Re: Villa Fraud St Barts

    A case of let the buyer beware ? A shame that this happened to the new poster. Wiring should have been a tip off is what immediately came to mind as I read the post. With the exception of 1 rental, I/we have always worked with 1 company on island because I figured that that company would have its' pulse on their listings, whereas other companies with offices on island represent other islands and villas and know less about all of their listings on more than one island. I hope the poster pursues refund.

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    elgreaux is offline
    SBH Insider Joined: May 2003 Saint Barth Posts: 10,259

    Re: Villa Fraud St Barts

    If this is really a scam and you never get your deposit back, I would report it to the tourist office as well as the gendarmerie, someone should look into this company and find out what's going on.

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