In the news recently the Toronto police reported that two young men were charged with trafficing a woman and shooting her and they were booking rooms throughout the area for the use of sexual favours to their clients. A couple of weeks before this story we had two chaps show up and they were not the individual booking the room. They looked surprised upon arrival for a two week stay, they went to dinner and never returned that night. I reported their behaviour to Airbnb that they were sketchy We need to acknowledge that apartments and homes that are being used for only guests, without any onsite oversight. We need to be aware of the risk to women and ourselves
They often look for properties with self-check in and entry phone. I had to remove the self check-in amenity and ommit the entry phone in the description. I would be surprised if they booked a room in a private home.
Following requests from false profiles, I added to my house rules that profile must match their ID.
I think the new members need to provide accurate pictures and profiles This is not the first time we had people show up as a substitute . We need to be concerned about false identities. These individuals seem to have no reviews since they are recent applicants
Per the news conference, the police are asking that you report such behaviour to them as well, @Joan183. Did you? In my own experience with a very sketchy guest, I contacted both Airbnb and the police. It was the police who did something, of course. Airbnb just needed to have a record in case the guest tried to book someplace else with the same ID but yet another alias. No idea whether the company followed that up, but hope so.
Thanks for posting this. It is good to be aware. Also, off topic, but Oshawa is lovely, isn't it? Love it there.
Thanks Lawrence. We seem to have alot of folks attending sporting events and its ideal since we are located very close to a six rink ice skating facility. These folks are no problem and they love our place since we leave them alone or if they need some advice we are available.
As to the police thing I think this is a good idea. I just removed our video camera door bell due to the monthly service fee but I am going to install front and side door cameras for recording
You can change your settings to require government ID and positive reviews. Avoid last minute bookings - allow yourself time to screen and communicate and to contact airbnb to cancel in case you are uncomfortable with guests.
My impression is that the ID and Credit card is something Airbnb gathers. I really hate the last minute -same day panic requests
Some people are sketchy too when they contact you to come and pay cash as well.
I agree David that the self check is ripe for this type of abuse.
It was really odd when we greeted the two guests and they were not pleased to see us in the building, body language says alot :)
I have a lock code on my door and i am assigning their code on arrival and removing it upon their departure It's their last four digits on their phone so they don't forget
LOL @David126 I even had one gentleman ringing my doorbell one late evening - he looked like being business ready indeed - at least when looking through the peephole. Poor man, wrong door, there was no business on offer.