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airbnb scams
« on: November 08, 2019, 10:26:41 PM »
Boris, Yuri, etal  have a new revenue stream.....airbnb rentals.

http://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43k7z3/nationwide-fake-host-scam-on-airbnb

The Better Business Bureau has received around 200 complaints about Airbnb through its “Scam Tracker” in the past three years, and about half of those were regarding fake profiles, spokesperson Katherine Hutt told me. The use of fake profiles does not necessarily translate into a bad customer experience. Many people don’t care whose home they’re staying in—they just want something cheaper than a hotel. But by allowing hosts to easily operate under fake identities, Airbnb has set up a system that allows scammers like mine to thrive.

Even if my scammers had been slightly foiled, there was no guarantee that they couldn’t just start fresh with new profiles. The system was still in place. Airbnb has created a web of more than 7 million listings built largely on trust, easily exploitable by those willing to do so. Maybe it’s not so surprising that the company would rather play a half-assed game of whack-a-mole than answer basic questions about its verification process. For every person who doesn’t receive a complete refund, Airbnb makes money.

The morning after this article was published, the FBI contacted VICE about the claims made above.

While this story took place in the US, other similar articles indicate it is an international problem.
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