We all know that using Airbnb is so simple when it comes to booking a place and planning a holiday. Or so we seem to think…
There have been reports according to CBS News that a widespread scam is conning customers out of their money and leaving them stranded with nowhere to stay.
So, the dreaded Scenario:
If someone is looking to book a specific Airbnb spot and contact the host before paying – to enquire about the check-out time or amenities. The scammer ‘host’ will answer those questions, but then send you a link to a different site that’s considered identical to Airbnb.com to pay!
The rogue website will probably look exactly the same and offer the same property that you were originally interested in. However, there are no affiliations with the real Airbnb, meaning you’re just supplying your card details to a complete stranger who will spend your hard-earned cash in Vegas! So that’s you out of pocket, and the worst holiday experience of your life when you have nowhere to stay.
As stated on the official Airbnb website
“Airbnb will never ask you to pay the cost of a reservation off-site or through email”, and to be aware of Phishing Scam. They highlight that it’s a type of scam in which someone will send an email or external links to send you elsewhere.
“These messages are designed to trick you into providing confidential information such as passwords or other email addresses and may contain malware, which is malicious software that gains access to your computer to gather your personal information, including passwords.”
For more in-depth information with actual screen shots of previous scams that customers did suffer check out the Huffington Posts link Here.
So just be very careful the next time you book accommodation, and you will save yourself from paying for someone else’s shopping spree at Harrods!
As always #livebetter