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Today I received an inquiry from a party of 2 for mid-October. But it feels off… To be clear, this is for a private bedroom and bathroom in my home, so it’s shared space and I’m careful of making sure it’s a fit for my guests and me.
Guest has verified ID info. Guest has been part of AirBnB since 2015.
BUT… all reviews start in January of this year and 2 of them from the same hostel and the timeframe seems off.
On the surface, they appear real, but to someone (me), who writes testimonials, social media, etc. for my clients, it’s all too… staged. There are 7 reviews, 3 in January/February from the same area and one a month since then.
I’m going to send him my template “thank you for your inquiry” message along with a couple of questions.
I know many of you have IB and the “recommended by other hosts” buttons checked. Since I work full time from my home, I can actually spend the time vetting my guests before booking them.
Tough one. One hand I would say trust your gut, on the other hand…I’ve had many many guests with concerning, odd, absent reviews and/or zero profile information who booked instantly and turned out to be lovely guests.
It’s probably difficult to make one staged review, let alone seven. Why would they bother with more? We’ve have a number of repeat guests who have multiple reviews from me. Nothing about what you mentioned would raise any flags, imo.
You could always ‘contact host’ some of the people who reviewed them if you’re not sure. To leave a review for a guest they would have to be an Airbnb host, and the guest has to have made a booking with them. Faking reviews would be complicated though not impossible, it would be a fair amount of effort.