I posted a question two weeks ago curious as to whether a VRBO inquiry asking if dates were available was scam. I thank all of you who responded. The follow up is unequivocally “Yes, it is a scam” Here’s how it works:
Scammer: 1st inquiry, "Is your place available Dec 1 - Dec 15?
Host: Yes, please send additional information re. your group, nature of visit, traveler’s origination point, govt. ID etc.
Scammer; 2nd inquiry 2 weeks later, Thanks for your reply. My wife and I are liking your home. My company will paying for vacation and will sending cashiers check. A PDF is attached with my email address. Send details for where to send money to that address.
I got quite a few of these scams 2,3 years ago. Always on VRBO. Seems like they’re resurfacing. Anybody else been getting them?
These scams are not to be confused with returning guests who I encourage to inquire about availability.