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The peril of big money rentals, Super Bowl edition

With internships, it’s rare to see something come full circle.

It’s like watching only one episode of a TV show. No matter how compelling, you’ll never get the whole story.

When I worked at The Indianapolis Star, I wrote an article about a number of curious signs that popped up around the city, promising big bucks to people who rent out their homes for Super Bowl XLVI.

Better Business Bureau officials warned Hoosiers about huge upfront fees for listing their homes. Many Dallas-Fort Worth homeowners filed complaints about rental companies after Super Bowl XLV.

Well, the Indiana attorney general’s office sued two companies Thursday, accusing them of not giving promised refunds to unsuccessful customers. The accused included a company I interviewed while there.

From The Indianapolis Star’s William J. Booher:

Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office so far has received 21 complaints totaling more than $28,500 in losses — 16 against Super Week Lodging for more than $19,630 and five against Major Event Rentalz for more than $8,900, according to a news release.

“Although the Super Bowl brought positive attention and business to Indianapolis, it also brought in scammers who intended to deceive and take financial advantage of consumers,” Zoeller said in the release.

A word to the wise to New Orleanians prepping for next year’s big game …

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