I’ve joined the forum today as a new host who has had three, what I would call, suspect reservation requests in the month I’ve been up and running. I allow instant booking but only from guests who are verified by Government ID and are recommended by other hosts. Because of this none of these guests were able to instant book but simply requested to book.
Brand new profile for a guy who lives 20 minutes away. No introduction. No reviews. Government ID verified. Tried to send me his phone number (blocked) and asked me to call. Told me the booking was for his female friend who was in my city but was for some reason unable to create her own ABB profile to book with me. Sent multiple messages in a short period urging me to allow the booking. In the end I declined it because of the attempts to communicate outside ABB ecosystem and the fact it was a 3rd party booking.
Brand new profile. No photo. No reviews. No intro. No verification. Tried to share phone number. Declined because shady.
Brand new profile. No photo at first. Only phone verified. No intro. No reviews. Told me he wanted to come with his wife. Claimed to be from Germany but only communicated in French. Told me he was unable to complete further verification but wouldn’t explain why. Ignored questions I asked and continued to ask me to confirm the reservation. Declined even though he eventually put up a photo after I said it was required.
So that’s three what I would consider very strange reservation requests in less than a month. Is that unusual??
I thought ABB required photos for all profiles! So how are all these profiles with not even a photo getting past?
For all but the second one I have thought that maybe I’m being too cautious but even if these people are not running some kind of scam they apparently don’t understand the spirit of what, to me, ABB is supposed to be about. Not one of them provided any personal info about themselves or their purpose for travelling to my city.
Assuming they do have a shady agenda, what is it??? To get access to my rental room in the hope they can pilfer something while I’m in the bathroom? I really don’t understand what this is all about.
And since I have now had to decline three requests in a month does that affect my status with ABB?