A Comprehensive Guide to Spotting and Avoiding Airbnb Scams — NomadTreneur

Author Adidas Wilson
5 min readApr 1, 2023

Airbnb has revolutionized the way people travel, offering unique and affordable accommodation options around the world. However, as with any popular online platform, Airbnb is not immune to scams. This ultimate guide will provide you with essential information on how to spot and avoid Airbnb scams, ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Red Flags to Look Out For

When searching for accommodations on Airbnb, be aware of these common red flags that may indicate a potential scam:

Prices that seem too good to be true: If a listing has an unusually low price compared to similar properties in the area, proceed with caution. Scammers often use low prices to lure in unsuspecting guests.

Poor quality or limited photos: A legitimate host will usually provide high-quality photos that showcase the property from multiple angles. Be wary of listings with low-resolution images or a limited number of photos.

Newly created accounts with little or no reviews: While new hosts need to start somewhere, listings with no reviews or a host with a newly created account may warrant further investigation. Look for hosts with a history of positive reviews from previous guests.

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator