I saw this today, and thought it merited a posting. Looks like scammers phish the email accounts of those with rental places, and take the money of renters. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/the-navigator-vacation-rental-phishing-scams-are-a-familiar-frustrating-story/2011/12/29/gIQA8OxqSQ_story.html I wouldn't get too paranoid about using VRBO, Homeaway, or others. It mentioned 18 incidents out of 625,000 properties. The article gives good advice on avoiding problems.