I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb - VICE


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While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
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8 hours ago by mreinbold
AirBnB scam uncovered in the US - I wonder how it is in Europe
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2 days ago by tamberg
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood Street in Chicago when the man on the other end of the line said that our planned visit wouldn’t be possible. November 08, 2019 at 12:38PM
5 days ago by colin.eide
I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb - VICE The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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6 days ago by tpsavard
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood Street in Chicago when the man on the other end of the line said that our planned visit wouldn’t be possible.
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7 days ago by josephaleo
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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7 days ago by zota
When I asked about the status of my refund, they ghosted, which led me to contact Airbnb. Though I had been moved to a flophouse and then told to leave early, Airbnb only refunded me $399 of my $1,221.20, and only did so after I badgered a number of case managers over the course of several days. The $399 didn’t even include the service fees Airbnb charged me for the pleasure of being thrown out on the street. But my power was nothing compared to that of a company valued this year at $35 billion, and I figured it was probably the best I could do.
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7 days ago by craniac
via Pocket - I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood Street in Chicago when the man on the other end of the line said that our planned visit wouldn’t be possible.
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7 days ago by mannieschumpert
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8 days ago by Varna
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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8 days ago by skinnyj
- the interesting bit is that AirBnB don't care if people get grifted
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9 days ago by renaissancechambara
I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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9 days ago by jt.http
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10 days ago by alexrudy
While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
10 days ago by jokela
AirBnB does not have sufficient protections in place to prevent hosts from using the site to fraud travelers.
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10 days ago by atelathehun
This is fascinating (not least in that it shows how much reporting can be done simply by online research)
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11 days ago by kwon
While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
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11 days ago by pozorvlak
This is a terrifying article about the lack of any checks on authenticity on AirBnb, it certainly puts me off using them.
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11 days ago by johncoxon
While searching for the person who grifted me in Chicago, I discovered just how easy it is for users of the short-term rental platform to get exploited.
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12 days ago by gmisra
Oh hey look, all the reasons I have never stayed in an and never will in one article.
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12 days ago by bruntonspall
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood Street in Chicago when the man on the other end of the line said that our planned visit wouldn’t be possible. via Pocket
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12 days ago by egwillim
Sterk staaltje onderzoeksjournalistiek over
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12 days ago by Flobin
RT : i wrote the most thorough review of an airbnb host ever
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12 days ago by singlecelled
It seemed as if one person or group might have created numerous phony accounts to run a much larger Airbnb operation. If that proved true, it meant whoever ran the five accounts I’d located was controlling at least 94 properties in eight different cities. How many other people who had been scammed out of money like me? Feeling as if I was entering Pynchonian nightmare, I sent a message to Airbnb alerting them to what increasingly seemed like an elaborate scam.

But Airbnb, which plans to go public next year, seemed to have little interest in rooting out the rot from within its own platform. When I didn’t hear back from the company after a few days, and saw that the suspicious accounts were still active, I took it upon myself to figure out who exactly had ruined my vacation.
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12 days ago by rosscatrow
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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12 days ago by joelhousman
Allie Conti discovers a scam spanning eight US cities and nearly 100 listings shows how easy it is to exploit Airbnb's poorly written rules through phony listings and fake reviews
12 days ago by joeo10
update: the fbi has contacted me about this article. i still haven't been able to have a meaningful conversation with a human being at @airbnb, though.…
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12 days ago by mathewi
pretty fascinating read
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12 days ago by yewknee
RT : Wow. Amazing reporting by and worth reading if you’re ever considering using AirBnB.
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12 days ago by mbbatz
I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam Run by Fake Hosts on Airbnb - VICE
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12 days ago by jamescampbell
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood…
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12 days ago by granth
The call came about 10 minutes before we were set to check into the Airbnb. I was sitting at a brewery just around the corner from the rental on North Wood Street in Chicago when the man on the other end of the line said that our planned visit wouldn’t be possible. via Pocket
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12 days ago by driptray
RT : This is crazy. did an insane amount of sleuthing to get to the bottom of a well organized Airbnb scam.
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12 days ago by ichthyos
RT : “Do not meddle in the affairs of journalists, for they are subtle and quick to anger…”
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13 days ago by clonezone