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Hotel spoofing scams becoming more sophisticated

The Door County Tourism Zone Committee has dealt with spoofing scams in the past, but as they become more sophisticated, they threaten to put potential visitors at risk by exposing personal information. Spoofing involves faking anything from an email to a phone call or website to disguise a third party making contact with you as they look for information or infect your computer with ransomware. Administrator Kim Roberts said Thursday that she was confirming at least nine spoof listings for properties between the Landmark Resort and The Rushes listed on VRBO.

 


Roberts says that even if you avoid having personal data fall into the wrong hands, spoofing comes with the inconvenience of having people travel up to Door County only to find they don’t have a reservation. In the summertime, when 100% occupancy countywide isn’t unheard of, that could mean having to stay hours away.

 

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