Post by deborah on Sept 21, 2015 0:14:48 GMT
22 Official Complaints From People Who Got Royally Screwed on Airbnb
"If you ever try to book a rental on Airbnb and the owner asks you to pay via bank transfer, don’t do it. Don’t even think about it. It’s a scam. It’s always a scam.
I submitted a freedom of information request with the US Federal Trade Commission, asking for any complaints filed with the FTC about Airbnb. The vast majority were from consumers swindled by people posing as property owners who asked to be paid by wire transfer. Some of these consumers lost thousands of pounds.
for Gizmodo UK article.
My two cents: The operative word in the article's headline is "on Airbnb" not "by Airbnb" The piece has 22 stories of Guests scammed by crooks pretending to be Hosts. The scams are all slightly different. Some are diabolical. All have one thing in common: they ask the unsuspecting Guest to wire transfer money directly to the scamming Host, not through Airbnb. Another common thread - Airbnb won't always compensate the Guest who in many cases got cheated out of thousands of dollars. Warning: once you start reading these stories, it's hard to stop.