MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — Airbnb warns Texas Tech fans heading to the final four basketball game in Minneapolis this week there may be third-party scams where people attempt to take advantage of those searching for bargain deals.
The online rental platform stated during major events like this, people sometimes try to take advantage by exploiting brands of trusted platforms like Airbnb.
Airbnb noted it has recently seen a rise in people who attempt to get guests to book on third-party websites that have no relation to Airbnb.
The people ask the would-be guest to wire money to book the reservation, but the page is fake, the home doesn't exist and by the time the guest realizes this, the money is gone.
Airbnb stated they "will never ask you to pay for anything outside of our site, through email, or through a third-party booker."
According to Airbnb, there are a few things you can do to make sure you are going through a trusted source and prepared for your stay:
Search and book with confidence. Airbnb offers ways you can use search filters to make sure you are getting exactly what you need.
Read the ratings and reviews Airbnb offers a way for guests to look through feedback from past guests.
Get questions answered. You can ask hosts questions before your arrival through Airbnb.
Do a safety check. Be sure to check out the space when you arrive for safety reasons.
If anything isn't right, reach out. Airbnb offers a way you can reach their staff if anything seems wrong.
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