We rec'd an inquiry yesterday that was suspicios for several reasons: 1) was from a strange sounding Russian name 2) - the spelling of the first name included our last name in it. 3) The email was also weird sounding, 4) it was for a full week stay 6 months from now during off season.5) It was for 4 people with no children, but this is clearly described as a studio condo w/ no separate bedroom (not really good for 4 adults) I emailed back & told the inquirer to provide more details & phone #. Any suggestions or similar inquiries/experiences?
I got the exact same email using the exact same names, dates, number of people, etc. By the way, the last name that they used is the name of a character in a Russian book about a Ukraine girl raised by wolves.
There may be a legitimate question here, but it isn't about whether that was a suspicious inquiry. I mean: You give five good reasons why any reasonable person would think this is suspicious. Let's stipulate: It's suspicious. Or bogus. Or whatever you want to call it. I'll call it "spam."
So the question in my mind is: Presumably, Homeaway has developed a decent system for identifying and eliminating spam. Lord knows, it must have thwarted a million spammers by now. So how did this one get through their net?
Probably they are scammers. Be extremely vigilant about clicking links that look like they are inquiries from HA / VRBO or from your e-mail web mail provider. If you click on something and see something about having to re-login or session timeout, etc. don't click, just go back in through your bookmarks.
They are very good at spoofing HA /VRBO inquiries, so I repeat, if you have to re-login or session timeout do not click!