AUSTIN, TX — Airbnb is warning SXSW guests of third party scams that could target them during the two-week festival that began Friday.
The company warns that during major events, people will attempt to take advantage of people searching for bargain deals and exploiting brands such as Airbnb.
Scammers will try to have guests book on third party websites that claim to managed by Airbnb, but are not actually connected to the actual site.
The scammer will offer a good deal and ask guests to wire money to book the reservation.
“Guests can keep themselves, their payments, and their personal information protected by staying on our secure platform throughout the entire process—from communication, to booking and payment,” said Laura Spanjian, Airbnb’s Texas policy director in a press release. “Airbnb will never ask you to pay for anything outside of our site, through email, or through a third-party booker.”
It's expected that over 6,800 people will be traveling to Austin and staying in Airbnbs.