If you are thinking about renting a vacation apartment in Amsterdam, be aware of any owner that requires you to pay by a wire transfer. Although I felt that I checked out every detail, I was scammed $2500 I paid for a rental. These people are professionals. They know exactly what to say and do to get you to sign their fake contract and get your money. I only figured out what had happened two weeks before leaving for my trip when I couldn't contact the owner to make arrangements for checking in. I learned a hard lesson. ONLY pay by credit card. I will never recover my money.