‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams #Land_LordzApril 15, 2019
Scammers who make a living swindling Airbnb.com customers have a powerful new tool at their disposal: A software-as-a-service offering called “ Land Lordz ,” which helps automate the creation and management of fake Airbnb Web sites and the sending of messages to advertise the fraudulent listings.
The fake Airbnb site used by the scammers logged all Airbnb credentials submitted by new and existing users.
Fake properties for rent, as listed by the Land Lordz Airbnb scam service.
The non-existent home and apartment rentals offered by these scammers are all sold on monthly rates, and the seller’s page says buyers must pay a deposit of the first month before the date is locked in.
Scammer: “Hello, The property is still available for your dates.
As security deposit needs to be added ,discount needs to be applied please follow the airbnb link” (which goes to the fake Airbnb page).
Be wary of clicking on links in emails from property hosts, and make sure you are always on Airbnb or whatever site you think you’re on.
Airbnb could help by adding some type of robust multi-factor authentication, such as Security Keys — which would defeat these Airbnb phishing pages.
In case anyone would like to follow up on this research, other domains used by these scammers include airbnb.longterm-airbnb[.
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