i got three queries in two days. all were last minute, from people who live in my city, who just joined, and who have no reviews so can’t instant book.
the first one asked and then never followed up. the second one i entertained and tried to work with - a stepmom with three teenagers (my place fits 3 max), and the family is in town for the funeral of her sister who was murdered in 2017. she waited hours before answering my questions (how old are the kids, why are you looking if you live in atl), and then put pressure on me to preapprove. so i did, and then she told me airbnb wouldn’t let her proceed, asking if i was mad with her or didn’t trust her, swearing she was legit, and then offering to meet me on the side and give me an extra 40 over what i was asking. so i finally said no.
a third booking request came in right after that; just minutes. as if someone was taking the time to switch identities and try again. i said no right off the bat.
and then a fourth booking, from someone with a history on airbnb and good reviews, coming in from out of town and needing a place for him and his girlfriend. he instant booked. i was still suspicious, but he turned out to be a real guest, and i’m happy i waited and rented to him instead of taking three obvious chancers.
so something is definitely going on here.
they mostly joined in february, or march, and they want to book last minute, and they’re local. so that means a party, right? i don’t need that, especially now. i’m waiting a week before letting my cleaner in there, with all bookings (i’ve had three since the rona got going).
i have no idea what the scammers are looking for if it’s not a party.