How can I make sure a listing is real?

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This will be my first time using Airbnb so I'm a bit weary about listings being fake.  What can I do to make sure a listing is real and not a scam?

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Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
Vancouver, WA
Level 10

Welcome to Airbnb!

 

Here are a few things you can do to make sure the listing is real:

 

(1) Look at the reviews and make sure they seem to talk about the same place you are booking

(2) If the listing says anything about contacting the host outside of Airbnb before booking, DO NOT - this is a well-known scam.

(3) Look at the listing - if it seems "too good to be true" (aka luxurious penthouse for a super low rate) it probably is!

 

You can also post the link here and we can weigh in on our thoughts.

Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

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Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
Catania, Italy
Level 1

Hello @Lizzie  Lizzie! I've used Airbnb many times and all has always been okay -- but I'm about to book something for a long-term stay (6 months). I need to make sure the listing isn't too good to be true and there are no reviews yet. Is there an email address to send the link to, or would I put it here in public? Thank you!

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in
United States
Level 2

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Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
SF, CA
Level 10

@Hayley45, you didn't add any commentary to the link, (so we aren't entirely sure why you sent it), but that is not a legitimate AirBnB web site.

 

It is one of those sites set up to look like AirBnB, but are not AirBnB. (AKA a scam.)

 

Where did you find this URL?

 

Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
United States
Level 2

The guy sent it to me via email to book my stay. His name is **. 

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Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
Scotland, United Kingdom
Level 10

Hi@Hayley

My youngest daughter’s pal lost a significant amount of money booking via a scam air bnb site last year.

 

My advice is to download the Airbnb app from an Apple phone .

 

Once you set up your account on the Air bnb app, then you are ready to go.

 

NEVER ever communicate outside the air  bnb platform, this applies to both guests and hosts.

NEVER pay cash, use your verified bank account or credit card.

I never use Paypal either as it faciiltates scammers.

 

There are rogue guests as well as  rogue hosts.....Don’t get caught out by either of them.

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in
United States
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in
SF, CA
Level 10

@Hayley45, I see!

Interesting. Totally fake, but interesting.

Do you have any idea how this criminal knew you were looking to travel to this area?

 

Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
United States
Level 2

This is what the person said in the email...“The apartment is not listed on the Airbnb site. I already paid a fee to register the reservation through Airbnb so in this case they manage and secure this transaction from craigslist. We are covered and protected by Airbnb so this transaction will go smooth.Again, payment will be handled by Airbnb and they will release the funds to me only after you agree to rent the apartment.“

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in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

He's lying. Airbnb doesn't work like that. And hosts don't get paid "after you agree to rent the apartment". They get paid AFTER the guest checks in.

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in
SF, CA
Level 10

@Hayley45, I imagine you already suspect this listing is fake and the "host" is a liar and a criminal.

 

Just to clear up any doubt, as others are telling you, this is 100% a fake listing and the "host" is 100% lying to you.

 

Should you (or anyone) send him any money at all, that person would never see the money again AND not end up with a place to stay.

 

Guaranteed.

 

Re: How can I make sure a listing is real?

in
Anaheim, CA
Level 1

https://abnb.me/wwfIvQTFwR Would y’all help me figure out if this is legit or not? The first picture of the house looks unrealistic, compared to the mediocracy of the bedrooms. The total for one night would be $175. Is this legit? HELP 🙂

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