KURE BEACH, N.C. (WECT) – As tourist season in southeastern North Carolina approaches, plenty of people will be looking for a place to stay to enjoy the sun and sand.
Vacation rentals are big business, but as one homeowner in Kure Beach found out, rental scams can target you when least expected, so he’s warning folks to stay vigilant — and not just homeowners, but renters as well.
Tom Hillegass and his wife bought a home in Kure Beach in 2018. With their sons and grandchildren in Wilmington, they wanted to be able to come down and visit and spend time with the family. The Hillegass couple lives in New Jersey but try and make it down once a month and let family use the home.
So, when his sister came down to visit and found a car in the driveway, she was surprised, to say the least.
“On Friday they went to the beach came back and there was someone in our driveway and they were there to check in. They had rented our house for the weekend,” Hillegass…