Example of how a Scammer works

A scammer preying on Airbnb hosts, (of which there are many) will often use “fake links” to try to get hosts to go to a site which they are led to think is on the Airbnb website, but in fact it is on the scammer’s phishing site.  Dont’ be fooled by “fake” URLs — you can always see the REAL address you’re being taken to if you hover on or right-click on the link in question, so that the address shows , rather than just left-clicking to go to it.  Example of Airbnb scam 2

For example…

Here’s a link.  www.airbnb.com/become-a-superhost-immediately

Or  this one:  https://www.airbnb.com/become-a-superhost-immediately

Now that seems cool, right? It’s a link that’s goes to the Airbnb site, so it seems.  The second one even has the “https://” which you have probably learned, indicates a secure site.  The only problem is…well click on one of those links and you’ll see.  They most definitely do not take you to the Airbnb site where you become a superhost immediately.  They take you to a snake pit, but one which a real scammer would make look just like the Airbnb site…so you’d think you were there.  And then you wouldn’t even know you were being bitten by snakes!

SO…take care out there!!

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