I marked card invalid on some guests when their story did not add up. One booked the last minute, and i forgot to change rate and it was very high comparing to other lisitings in the area. Like outragious high. But he still books.
Then he says, his son is coming. I ask how old is son? He says, 19. I say, no 19 is less than 21, i cant have anyone under that age. He says, its 6 people and all of them but his son is over 21. I did not want them in my house under any condition, and i tell him, the credit card did not go through, which i did not even process. He sends me a different credit card from different state. I say again, its not a good card. He send me another from a different state.
So, 3 cards, all from different states. So, i tell him, no, you sound like you are doing some scam. I am cancelling your reservation. Next day, he books with my friend and she does not know who he is, processes his card and it goes through for 2 K. SO, she tells me that this guys booked , and his name is Brandon Lee. I say, wait a second, it sounds very familiar, let me go check my reservations. ANd in fact, it was Brandon Le who was trying to book my house.
I tell her to not let him in, because i am sure there is something fishy here. She says, she cant say no to 2K, and lets them in. SO, they move in, non existant communication with my friend. They dont pick up phone, they dont answer text messages or emails. Hush-hush. Her neighbor/friend tells her, its not a peep from them, only they have many many visitors, like cars are stopping by every hour, different cars.
My friends gets very panicky, she thinks they are selling drugs from her house. Then the day they had to check out, her bank calls her and tells her that 2K were charged back as the card was stollen, and this is how they paid for reservation.My friend calls police, but of course police can not do anything about it. My friend says, i have cameras everywhere, you can even see their faces. Police says, yes, but the usual version is that a friend of a friend paid with his card, and we dont even know who it is.
These people know exactly how it works, and how to steel and how to book, and how not to get caught.
I had people staying with me, in my own house and then claiming that they did not know about charge.