Don’t Get Duped! Avoid Travel Nurse Housing Scams

This is perfect for all you travel healthcare workers; let’s leap into a topic essential for your next travel nursing assignment! 🏡We’re covering travel housing and how to avoid scams when booking your stay. Know how to be aware of potential scammers and learn how to do the research to confirm your next housing lines up to be what you’re expecting!

Find Quality Booking Sites💻

Start out your housing hunt by doing your research on potential housing options. We suggest using reputable websites such as Furnished FinderTravelers Haven, and Airbnb, which have verified listings and reviews from other travel nurses and vacationers. Remember, we are here for you and are happy to help! Don’t be afraid to ask your recruiter for housing recommendations as well. 


Verify the Property🔎

Google Street View is your best friend when it comes to verifying the legitimacy of a property. Google Street View lets you take a virtual stroll around the neighborhood to see if the images match the listing description. Additionally, use local property tax records and online registries to confirm that the property exists and the owner’s name matches the person you’re in contact with. 

Communication is Key📞

Ensure all communication with the property owner or manager is through the platform you found the listing on, or at least in writing. Avoid dealing with anyone who insists on communicating only through text messages or third-party apps. You want to ensure you can record your interactions and conversations in case any issues arise.

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“Too Good to Be True” Deals🪧 

Unfortunately, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be cautious of listings with significantly lower prices than similar properties in the area or those that offer extravagant amenities at low prices. This can be a way that scammers use to lure unsuspecting travel nurses.

Never Wire Money💸

One of the biggest red flags is when someone asks you to wire money for a deposit or rent. Legitimate property owners and managers will offer secure payment options or accept checks or credit cards through their platform. Wiring money can be a one-way ticket to losing it forever, as there’s no way to retrieve the money back once it’s been sent.

Trust Your Gut🫵

Sometimes, our instincts serve as the best protection. Trust your gut and walk away if something feels off or makes you uncomfortable. There’s no shortage of housing options for travel nurses, so don’t feel pressured to commit to something that doesn’t feel right.

By following these tips, you can protect yourself from housing scams and focus on what matters: providing exceptional patient care during your assignment and exploring new destinations. Trust your instincts, and never be afraid to ask questions or seek advice. Remember, we’re all in this together, and Axis Medical Staffing is here to support you.

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