The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission are warning holiday makers to watch out for scams on popular accommodation booking sites such as Airbnb.
Fraudsters know travellers are on the hunt for accommodation deals especially around the holidays.
When you go to book a break, scammers direct you away from the site and ask you to pay them directly using money orders or wire transfer services such as Western Union and MoneyGram. Some reports indicate that scammers create very convincing fake versions of the site which they can use to collect personal details and banking information.
To protect against these kinds of scams, travellers are being urged to pay for a reservation only via a secure payment system that’s directly provided by the accommodation service.
Never click on links in these emails and don’t reply to them. Double check that the URL, website or email address is correct and be aware that links may redirect you towards a fake address that looks similar to the legitimate site.
Travellers should also exercise caution around suspicious confirmation links. Fraudsters love nothing more than phishing for users’ information.
To read more visit the ACCC website at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news