Can a host get scammed?

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I received an inquiry from a guest if my apartment is available for 4 months ( nightly rental price stays). Then he asked me to send pictures of the surroundings on his personal phone…

Im wondering, if there is some type of scam going on and if there is a risk, in general, of getting scammed by the guest? 

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Re: Can a host get scammed?

in
England, United Kingdom
Level 10

@Evgeniya27 A few potential risks

1) If the pictures identify the apartment location  then thieves might target the property when the calendar shows it to be empty

2) A stay over 30 days may cause the guest to become a tenant. You need to check Missouri laws on this.

3) They will try to book a stay off platform thus exposing you to increased risk

Alternatively the guest just wants to check out the neighbourhood before committing to a long term rental.

Re: Can a host get scammed?

Level 1

Thank you @Mike-And-Jane0

The guest also divided his mobile number in 3 parts and sent it to me in 3 different messages.. it looks like some sort of scam to me, considering the total price of the booking..

Anyways, I declined the inquiry, as I don’t feel comfortable with this booking.

Re: Can a host get scammed?

in
England, United Kingdom
Level 10

@Evgeniya27 Just one point - If you get a booking request you have to accept or decline it within 24 hrs. If it is a booking inquiry you only need to respond in 24 hrs. You can say that you don't wish to host this guest  without declining. I say this because if you decline too many requests then your listing may get suspended - I think the same applies to inquiries but I am not sure.

Re: Can a host get scammed?

Level 1

Thank you for the tip @Mike-And-Jane0 !
From what I understood when I was making a research on that, your listing is not affected anyhow if you decline the inquiry..

Requests - yes, you can not decline too many.

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