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Scam targeting Booking.com customers

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Scam targeting Booking.com customers

There are a number of new listings on Booking.com (May 29) of central London luxury apartments at about 20% of real price. The scammers ask for a significant damage bond (1000 GBP plus) to be sent by bank transfer at booking time. They will send you an email via the Booking.com system asking for your email address which they do not get from Booking.com.

I found one of these apartments listed with Savills at $12,500 GBP per week and the price on Booking.com is about 1600 GBP per week. I then searched central London listings and found about 6 more posted on May 29.

I use Booking.com regularly and it is a great site but someone is going to be screwed over here. Loss of 'bond' and nowhere to stay when they arrive.

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1. Re: Scam targeting Booking.com customers

Nearly all the third party booking sites are struggling with the fact that the dishonest have discovered that they will display what they are sent by the supplier. So you get things like this and AirBnB seeing deceptive descriptions and "hotels" that are merely a spare room. You have to research any place you see by doing your checking yourself via Google, including viewing the property on Google Maps Streetview. The TA Bargain Travel forum is pretty much the default place to post complaints, and searching there is useful. But no supplier should demand bank transfer to deprive you of the benefits conveyed by credit card issuers.

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2. Re: Scam targeting Booking.com customers

Hope you reported the matter to Booking.com. There have been hotel and apartment scams on it before (not just here btw) and they will remove scammers if alerted.

As for a bond by bank transfer. That is always a red flag though no doubt the gullible will fall for it.

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