Thanks for the heads-up. It's clearly a scam, but I'm trying to figure out how it works. Most travelers wouldn't know about the "pre-approval" option that owners have on "Home and Away." So, it seems like the scam has something to do with being pre-approved. Does anyone have any thoughts about how the scam operates?
Similar story, slightly different details: Yesterday we received an Inquiry ‘looking forward to be pre-approved to book your lovely property for our annual get together. Thanks’. As we have Instant Booking, seemed kinda odd to us so we responded asking if there was a particular reason, given our rules or person limit. Radio silence. in looking at the overview info for Randy Y, we see a New Traveler, Member since 2020, with Unverified Email and Facebook and no phone number provided. And the email is ‘@nomeet.org’. Which DOES NOT EXIST. Fishy, right?
Then this am, received a new Inquiry for the same exact dates Sept-Oct ‘20, from a Morris G. Same details; no phone number, unverified email and Facebook, new traveler. Also ‘very interested in booking your lovely property for a family retreat, no kids this time. Is your lovely place available for our dates? If it is, can you pre-approve our request or how does this work?’ And this time the email address is ‘@meettwo.net. Which also does not exist.
We just googled domain lookup and was able to see that BOTH OF THESE DOMAINS WERE JUST PURCHASED ON JAN. 9, 2020.
OWNERS BEWARE. If it seems fishy, look at the details. Hope no one gets scammed by this.