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Having traveled to Tuscany and stayed in a wonderful villa for one week two years ago, I simply became complacent.

Recently, I contacted an Agent/Owner who had advertised on a rental property page. The place look nice and was described as having 3 brs and 2 bthrms, etc..

I dealt ONLY via email with the owner, never received any "contract" style documentation, but was so excited to go, I let my guard down by paying in advance via Bank to Bank transfer...the woman lives in Casablanca, Morocco.

You guessed it, upon arrival, the six of us could not believe the total misrepresentation of the property---total disrepair and only two bedrooms and one bath. We did not/could not stay.

Upon my return (the vacation turned out fine, otherwise), I emailed the owner asking for a full refund for a host of reasons---yeah, right! I contacted the web hosting company, who, of course, disclaim any responsibility (I am not done with them, yet) and have contacted many other agencies and quasi-legal-consumer type groups---this will all be in vain, but it assuages my conscience and my anger, somewhat.

DON"T BE A DUMMY. Always use credit cards to pay. Always check references. Never believe the price is too good to be true---because it proably isn't!

Beware of one Christine Berl (cberl@hotmail.com)---if you see her name, spam her for me!

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