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I just received a Request and in the message stream was a note from Airbnb (the XXX’s are my addition):
Be careful with this request
Communicating or paying outside of Airbnb puts you at risk of being scammed. If XXX is asking you to do this, please report them and decline their request–we’ll exempt this instance from your acceptance rate.
If they aren’t, respond before XXX on XXX to maintain your response rate.
Then I have a choice of two buttons, “Report and decline” and “Dismiss”.
All good for Airbnb to be trying to catch this kind of thing, but this guest did not send a message with the request at all! They have stayed with me before and were perfect guests.
I just find it odd that Airbnb would flag a non-message, when I have received messages from other guests in the past where they tried to send me phone numbers and it did not flag those.
I suppose this is possible, but I accepted the request and all communication has been normal since, no mention of paying off platform from this guest. They have stayed with me before so would have my phone number if they wanted to contact me off-platform.
Again, possible, but I am the only host this guest has ever stayed with (or at least the only one that has exchanged reviews, anyway).
The guest could have been previously reported by another host or otherwise caught by Airbnb trying to take a transaction off-platform.
I strongly suspect that the guest’s message to @georgiahost was censored by Airbnb either because the message actually suggested an off-platform booking or because Airbnb incorrectly thought it did. It would be interesting if georgiahost followed up with the guest to get the guest’s side. Might make an interesting conversation during the stay.