I’ve been looking into planning a getaway over the next few months since we didn’t get away over the summer. And my kids are working and schooling virtually so they could possibly join us. As I’ve been researching I’ve read some nightmare stories of people getting scammed trying to rent houses.
Airbnb says legitimate hosts should never ask customers to take their business off the official site. That means all communication, booking and payment should take place through their platform. If someone asks for a money order or wire transfer or any payment off-site, the company says, report it and cut off communication.
If a listing is new you should check for reviews on any other properties the host is connected to. If a listing seems suspicious, look to see if a host has a presence on social media to try to verify that they are a real person. Once you have the address of the listing, Google it to see if the information checks out.
We’ve rented through Airbnb and Homeaway in the past with no issue but it seems during this difficult time when I think, “Who would do that right now?” Well, it seems plenty. So better to do a little due diligence, I certainily have the time!
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