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Old 6th September 2012, 20:04   #1 (permalink)
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Is your rental home being advertised against your knowledge?

We advertise with ownersdirect and hollidaylettings. We have found that our home is being advertised by the company Retreats Direct as are quite a number of other properties belonging to others in our development and town. We advertise with ownersdirect and hollidaylettings and it looks like the advert is cloned from ownersdirect from earlier in the year or the end of last year. It doesn't give owners contact details and you have to fill in a booking form. It might be worth checking to see if your property is on the site if you advertise it with ownersdirect. I have emailed the company and ownersdirect. The concern is that they take money for bookings or are after bank details. It certainly hasn't got our permission to advertise and take bookings for our apartment.
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Thanks for that info Kalkan, I don't like what they do and for some reason or other I do not like, or trust their web site.
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Thanks for that tip off, did you report it to holidaylettings? Luckily my one is not up there but yes I do recognise a lot of the others in the area.
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Old 6th September 2012, 20:53   #4 (permalink)
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Didn't report to Holiday lettings as some on this cloned site aren't on HL and someone else has said that they have a picture on OD they don't have on any other site and that is on the retreatdirect site.
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We advertise with ownersdirect and hollidaylettings. We have found that our home is being advertised by the company Retreats Direct as are quite a number of other properties belonging to others in our development and town. We advertise with ownersdirect and hollidaylettings and it looks like the advert is cloned from ownersdirect from earlier in the year or the end of last year. It doesn't give owners contact details and you have to fill in a booking form. It might be worth checking to see if your property is on the site if you advertise it with ownersdirect. I have emailed the company and ownersdirect. The concern is that they take money for bookings or are after bank details. It certainly hasn't got our permission to advertise and take bookings for our apartment.
Thanks for this tip. I have just checked the site and found our villa on there. I have just sent them an enquiry to see what happens.
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Re: Is your rental home being advertised against your knowledge?

My property is on there too, I also sent a rental enquiry using a different email addy because my surname's on O/D profile & would identify me as the enquirer.

I think they have cloned from O/D as your able to save pics from their site whereas on Holiday lettings you can't.

Checked on whois & IP address comes up but no other info, scum!!!.

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Old 7th September 2012, 06:00   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Is your rental home being advertised against your knowledge?

I think all their propeties are bogus. They have 500 properties advertised in Kalkan alone and have about 50000 adverts worldwide. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble!
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Hi All,
Does anyone know if this id definately a scam? Has anyone had a reply from their actual agent? I would like to know before I tell my friend and send her in to a panic as her property is on this site and I am sure she does not use Retreats direct
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Re: Is your rental home being advertised against your knowledge?

We don't know if anyone has been cheated out of money as they would have no means to contact the owner to let them know.
There is however a site that has taken a lot of work to do marketing 50000 properties worldwide, some at least, if not all, it has no authorisation to advertise. It isn't being done for the advantage of the owner! If it isn't a scam why has someone gone to so much effort?
I haven't had a reply from Ownersdirect, just an acknowlegment of receipt of the question.
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Re: Is your rental home being advertised against your knowledge?

Got this reply from ownersdirect today:-

'Thank you for contacting us.
We are aware that this website is advertising properties that are on Owners Direct.
Our legal department have sent a letter to the company to advise then they are not authorised to advertise the properties, but I can only advise that you contact them to remove your property.
Please feel free to visit our Help page if you have any further questions: Owners Direct Support
Kind regards,'
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