hi, Im looking for any advice anyone can give me!
While booking apartments recently in Sicily it seemed that it was quite common to put a deposit on a place by lodging money into their bank account instead of paying online by credit card. At first I was a bit cautious of doing this as there was no guarantee that they wouldn't run off with your money once lodged and never hear from them again. BUt as it seemed to be quite common, I thought well maybe its ok. So I eventually found an aprtment in Taormina and lodged €210 (deposit - half of total cost) into the owners account. He did give me his phone number and address of the apartment before I lodged the money. But since I lodgged it, I've emailed him and have been ringing and his phone is always off - have I been fleeced??? Im worried now that we'll have no place to stay once we get there.
Can anyone tell me if this is normal and should I be worried???