I recently was almost about to book for a place and the host sent me a website that looks Really identical to the official Airbnb site , new users could be easily fooled by this as i almost was, i almost paid through this site since everyone says that its fine to book a place and avoid scams so long you book through the Airbnb website but no one ever mentioned of there being fake identical Airbnb websites that even if you book through the site you will still be scammed and not get a refund, i just wanted to make people aware of this so that they cannot be scammed and lose money through this method.
just beware of this site hopefully Airbnb can take this website down since its impersonating being a trademarked site.
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Yes! This does happen a lot, and I am very glad you caught on to the scam before they took your money.
Thank you for helping to raise awareness of this.
Thanks for sharing this and highlighting it to others.
I am not sure if you are aware of this useful Help Center article on How do I know if an email is really from Airbnb, which provide more information on what to look out for. You can also send a message to our team to highlight them of any scam websites or link at email@example.com.
Thank you again and I do hope you have found somewhere great to stay for your trip.
Omg that just happened to me too. I’m new user of Airbnb, I never used it before so I thought it was real. Please beware people!!
This is the stupid link the fake host Jose Luis Salcedo send me to use:
Same here got £1,500 stolen at 19yrs old, left me suicidal and homeless its not a joke air bnb, i contacted them about it and they claimed its nothing to do with them if a website impersonated them I really hope to get my money back somehow
How long ago was this? This is currently happening to me with that same name “Jose Luis Salcedo”, the offer was to good to be true so i’m researching about it and saw this!!
Me too, Victoria! The posting definitely seemed too good to be true, so I was skeptical too - especially as the posting on apartment rental sites listed different people as managing the posting 🧐
I was just emailing the guy today and googled his name. Thank you for posting this. I would have never known because the site is so good. I knew it was to good to be true in Detroit.