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Airbnb Scam – What to Look Out For!

Damn Scammers!

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.  

airbnb scam you need to watch out for

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 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. 

airbnb scam what to look out for

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

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    July 31, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Ive been using airbnb for quite a while and i happened to book instantly
    and when i went to the host property, it wasnt available and i inform airbnb to give the refund and as of now no response from them yet. so watch out for those who wants to book instantly at the same day.

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    August 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I did not know about this. Oh my goodness. Some people just live to take advantage of others. How shameful. I will have to let friends and family know about this scam. Thanks for the heads up!

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    August 2, 2017 at 12:29 am

    That is scary, can’t imagine being scammed like this! I remember someone tried to do a similar thing when I was looking for an apartment on Gumtree. Unfortunately this is quite common and hard to stop. Thank you for the tips, very useful!

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    Via Bella
    August 2, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I have so many friends that use Air BnB so I will need to tell them. This is scary.

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    Kentaro Tanaka
    August 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    That is actually a really scary experience. I personally have never used Air bnb before, but was planning to soon. This is great information to know, thank you!

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    August 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Oh gosh turning up to find you have nowhere to stay would be every travellers worst nightmare! I’m so glad people are raising awareness of this scam and that Air BnB are informing people about it too.

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    August 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This is such a helpful information. I never used this site for traveling but I’ll be aware next time while planning for traveling to any place. Thanks for spreading awareness.

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    Besties Notepad
    August 4, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I have booked one trip with airbnb and that was our amazing experience..will have to be careful of the scams next time

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    August 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Ohh wow! We just used one last weekend ! Thanks for reminding us of the scam! The problem is that there will always be a new scam so the best thing is to ALWAYS pay directly in Airbnb and never somewhere else.

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    August 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Good information to know! I love air bnb!

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    August 7, 2017 at 1:54 am

    This post is so helpful. I am always keen on staying at one of AirBnB’s property but my husband would almost never agree to it thanks to all such issues. :/

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    August 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I’ve never used Airbnb but I’ve heard about scams like these and it makes me dubious, though that being said similar stuff happens on hotel and booking sites so I guess it’s just a case of knowing what to look for.

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    Niharika Roy Choudhury
    August 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    The marketing was so appealing for Airbnb, but it’s true we have to be very careful. The other day I was also going through this news too. It really scary and worst nightmare for any traveller.

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    August 7, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I have only used air BnB twice: once because I couldn’t find a cheaper alternative and the other time when in a group with friends, when someone else made the booking. I prefer hotels or hostels to be honest, I don’t like just staying in someone’s house. Shame to read that there are a lot of scammers as well on the platform.

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    London Mumma
    August 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    This is what worries me with air b n b! You hear so many horror stories of tents and shed being let out. But your tips and pointers.

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    Simply Apostolia
    August 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! I would never think of this, I guess I’m so naive and well… lucky! I’m totally going to be more careful next time!

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    August 8, 2017 at 9:02 am

    always use google search before you pay for the service also read blogs(your blog post about this scam is very helpful) learn people’s experiences. It will make you to get an idea.

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    Rosie Corriette
    August 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Oh my, I’d never even thought about scamming with Airbnb – I use them a lot for me and my daughter, thanks for the tips!

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    August 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Woah! That is scary to think that some people have been conned out of their accommodation that is a really terrifying thought. I have heard that for the most part it is a good service .

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    August 8, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    I didn’t even realise that people would be able to do such a thing! Thank you for sharing, I will be a lot more cautious in future.

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    five little doves
    August 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    This is why I have never used air bnb as I heard so many horror stories! It happened to my friend recently where she turned up and it didn’t exist! Scary how many scammers there are!

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    Ali Rost
    August 9, 2017 at 1:59 am

    So timely. I’ve been planning a trip to Austin, TX this fall to visit my brother and sister-in-law, and have been scouring Airbnb for the perfect place to stay. It never would have occurred to me that there would be scammers there too .. but sadly, I’m not suprised. I feel so bad for the people this has happened to. It would be awful to get there and realize that you don’t have a place to stay! x

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    Tiina A
    August 9, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    I have never booked an airbnb apartment but heard so many stories from people who have. The experiences have been wonderful and awful. The original idea behind airbnb seems to be lost.

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    August 12, 2017 at 8:09 am

    I have never stayed at Airbnb yet 🙂 I’m just simply scared of people who might just deceive me. I remember when I was working in a hotel from to time we had some angry customers coming to check in as their Airbnb host disappeared and they had no place to stay :O This is scary but I would like to try this experience at least once 🙂


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    August 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    That’s awful! Thank you for the warning! It’s imperative that users take the time to read Airbnb’s policies, as well as all the reviews for the property they’re interested in renting. I never rent a place that hasn’t been reviewed by at least 10 other guests. No analytics for that, just a random number I settled upon. I’ve used Airbnb in the United States and have, overall, been quite pleased. Thankfully, I’ve experienced no situations in which I’ve lost money or been without accommodations. Caution is the operative word.

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      August 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      the number is good…it makes a lot of sense to analyse it like that carol

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