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Creepy Airbnb host reveals ulterior motive


This Airbnb listing has been removed after its host fleeced a woman of $76. And it gets worse.

IT’S the sharing economy giant that revolutionised travel, letting people rent out their spare rooms for a fraction of the cost of a hotel stay.

But Airbnb can be a minefield for the uninitiated, as a newcomer to the site discovered when she forked out $76 for two nights in a private room in Melbourne — only to discover that she would have to share a bed with her host.

The Sydney woman, who did not wish to be named, used Airbnb’s “book now” option to reserve her two-day stay next month.

After the host, whose profile says he is an RMIT student named Ali from Port Melbourne, accepted the booking, she proceeded to the payment stage.

It was only when she contacted Ali by direct message that the true picture of the booking emerged — and things got creepy.

“I would to meet when are you arriving melbourne to have dinner and on me,” Ali wrote. “Becouse i just intrest to learn english …

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/finance/business/creepy-airbnb-host-accepts-booking-then-reveals-ulterior-motives/story-fnda1bsz-1228068454363

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