We are 6 months into our air Bnb listings (but no newbies to hospitality or running resorts and bed and breakfasts). I’ve noticed recently I’ve received messages from potential guests, via Air Bnb site. The last one from “Joe” who then tells me his woes about a hacked credit card, but still wanting to book a week’s stay, starting a few days from now. Said he had a new card.
I patiently explained that AIr BNB handles all bookings, so he’ll have to book it through them, with the new card.
Get another email later saying it wouldn’t work, but he wants the room, he will be here, he already has the airline tickets and he has a debit card. He keeps including his phone number, which of course doesn’t show up as Air BnB blocks it until someone books. Joe was definitely an ESL person as well.
This was something I experienced a lot when doing bookings for South Pacific resorts, and learned to catch certain key words that proved it was a scam, but this was the second time on Air Bnb that someone just sounded odd. I think I’ve made him go away with my last message, telling him we could do nothing for him, and directing him back to Air Bnb, telling him that his credit card problems were something we couldn’t help him with.
Anyone else get these kinds of booking requests?