I have had a request from a group of 7 from China. Their photo is a graphic instead of a photo.
They have two reviews and verified offline ID.
One of the two reviews was of a stay with a Swiss couple (established airbnbrs) and simply read “Nice House”. The Swiss couple reviewed them back simply as “Nice guests”. Given that they would not have seen each other’s reviews before writing this seems like an unlikely coincidence. And “Nice guests.” was not typical of the Swiss couple’s reviews of their other guests.
Their original email to me included their direct contact details (edited out by Airbnb), although I find that is not entirely unusual.
Am I just being over suspicious? If it is a fake reference, how and why?