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I have read many blogs on scams to vacation homeowners, I suggest we compile a list os scams we have seen so all homeowners are aware.
I suggest the following guidelines for this blog:
Hi!!! I`m from UK and want to ask do I need an adapter for a curling iron or shaver?
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LAST MINUTE BOOKING REQUESTS
Name: Luke Martins
Good day to you. Kindly help us check if your place would be available for use on our Honeymoon holiday from 12th of August to August 15th..that is we would be spending 4days at your place if its still available.We are 2, My hubby and I.We are coming for our honeymoon. we don't smoke and we don't drink neither do we have pets.I await your swift response.: firstname.lastname@example.org
Herewith known fraudulent email addresses followed by pics [names email addresses and property numbers removed or changed] of Pfishing attempts OUT THIS WEEKEND as inquiries. Also go to new thread http://community.homeaway.com/thread/17574 "CAN YOU SPOT THE PFISHING EMAILS?
They also use names like:
Payments are often directed to a Barclays Bank in London
I unlinked all of these however when I posted they "linked" again. All have been shut down however if travelers receive replies from inquiries with similar email account names. BE SURE TO CHECK THE PHONE NUMBER OF THE OWNER ON THE AD AND CALL THAT NUMBER PRIOR TO SENDING PAYMENT. Never accept an INcoming call nor call a number in the email. ONLY call the phone number of the real owner which is on the ad. Do that one thing and you will be safe.