Currently there are shortages & higher prices for car rentals, which malware authors can take advantage of in designing attacks.  FTC offers excellent advice to work directly with these firms to better avoid deceptions, scams & fraud

Hot rental car market = scams | FTC Consumer Information

Scammers are posing as rental car companies, setting up their own websites, and advertising fake customer service phone numbers, all to convince travelers they’re legit. Then, they’re asking people to pre-pay for the rental — with a gift card or prepaid debit card. Before you rush to book that miraculously available rental car, take a beat and read up about things you should consider when renting a car.  To avoid rental car scammers driving off with your money:

    • Research the rental car company by searching for the name of the company and words like “scam,” “complaint,” or “review” to check if other people have had a bad experience.
    • Verify deals with the company directly. If you need customer support, look for contact info on the company’s official website. Don’t use a search engine result. Scammers can pay to place sponsored ads in search results, so they show up at the top or in the sponsored ad section.
    • Pay with a credit card if possible, and never pay with a gift card or prepaid debit card. You can dispute credit card charges, but gift cards and prepaid debit cards can disappear like cash. Once you give the number and PIN to a scammer, the money is gone.