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Attention Self-Catering Community: A Reminder To Be Vigilant Against Scammers…

In the ever-evolving landscape of online bookings, it’s vital for us as accommodation providers to stay one step ahead of potential scammers. Here are key indicators to watch out for in emails and enquiries:

1. Unusual Email Addresses:
Scrutinise email addresses for any irregularities. Scammers may use addresses that closely resemble official ones but have subtle misspellings or additional characters.

2. Grammar and Language Quality:
Pay careful attention to the language used in enquiries. Often, scammers reveal themselves through poor grammar and spelling mistakes.

3. Unrealistic Deals:
Exercise caution if an enquiry seems too good to be true. Scammers often use enticing offers to lure unsuspecting providers.

4. Request for Unusual Information:
Legitimate guests typically won’t ask for sensitive information via email. Be wary of requests for personal details or payment information.

5. Verify Contact Information:
Double-check provided contact details against your official records. If in doubt, reach out through established channels to confirm authenticity.

6. Research the Guest:
Conduct a quick background check on potential guests. Verify their identity and legitimacy, especially for last-minute or unusual booking requests.

7. Direct Bookings through Trusted Channels:
Encourage guests to book directly through your official website or established booking platforms. Discourage bookings made through unsolicited emails.

Your vigilance is key in maintaining a secure and trustworthy booking environment. If you encounter any suspicious activity, don’t hesitate to report it immediately.

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