Post by High Priestess on Apr 30, 2019 21:28:41 GMT
Everyone should already know this, but here's a host who didn't even though she describes herself as "tech savvy". She fell for a phishing scam which has been around for quite some time already and just based on the fact that scammers have been using this ruse for years now, she should have known about it. It's the "hey, I saw another listing just like yours...maybe someone copied your listing" and then the guest provides a link which goes to a FAKE airbnb site, where, once you log in with your email and password, you are DONE FOR.
Again, for the thousandth time, NEVER click on a link that is purportedly to an Airbnb site, and log in. ALways type in the Airbnb URL yourself to make sure you are on the REAL Airbnb site. Of course the fake site looks exactly like the real Airbnb site. Don't be an idiot expecting that a fake site will be so obvious that you could detect it. A fake site will only work if it looks nearly identical to the real site.
Just DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS in messages from other guests or hosts, and DO NOT GO OFFSITE to communicate until the booking is complete. If people could just observe these simple procedures they would be safe, but people invariably get tricked by alarming/concerning messages and or the "content" of the message, and then lose their ability to follow important security protocol.