We tend to get well-seasoned travelers/Airbnb guests in our cottage, so this week’s request from a newbie with no ID verification, no photo and no reviews (she just joined so I get that) raised a red flag. Her message to us in the request was simply “Birds.” Okay…most people who come here are birders. No “Hi, we are birders traveling through your area and have never been to your canyon. Your place seems like the perfect location… etc.” Just “Birds.”
Today, another booking request from another newbie with no info. His message was just “vacation.” Airbnb accepted his account with only a phone number – no government ID, no anything else. Clearly no reviews.
I’ve accept folks with no reviews but they had more info in their profiles. Thanks to someone here on this forum, I was prepared with a statement (which I had copied) asking for more info to assure that we are a good match for these guests. I guess I’m mostly venting because we just don’t normally get this kind of requests. Am I the only one seeing these kind of requests?