Airbnb scams tripled in 2016, earning a consumer watchdog warning

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Where people go, scammers follow, so it’s no surprise to find the sharing economy being targeted.

Australia’s consumer watchdog issued a notice Monday, warning holiday-goers that scams relating to accommodation booking sites such as Airbnb are on the rise.

In fact, complaints about sharing economy cheats to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch have tripled since 2015. 

In 2016, there were more than 150 reports and A$80,000 reported lost, compared to A$65,000 last year.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard warned in a statement that scammers have a number of methods: They are likely to direct consumers away from the Airbnb site to make transactions, or create fake versions of the online platform as well as scam emails to steal personal information. Read more…

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