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AngloDutch



Joined: 11 Jul 2014
Posts: 616
Location: Netherlands

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 11:11 am    Post subject: OD phishing scams on the increase Reply with quote

Have received several phishing enquiries over the last 24 hours, with the scammers using HA/OD templates:


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Reservation request


Someone wants to stay at your holiday home
You have received a reservation request for property.
You have 24 hours from the time the request was initiated to review, edit, or accept the request. After this time, if you have not responded to the request, it will be automatically declined for you.

Accept


Decline

Please review the details below.


Property
Unit 11249
Reservation ID HA-77VQ75
Dates Jan 18 - 25, 2017 , 7 nights
Guests 2 adults, 1 children
Holidaymaker name Alice


Holidaymaker Message

Hi,
I have initiated the booking with ownersdirect/homeaway. Your property is lovely and we wish to book it for 1 week starting tomorrow.
Can you contact me my personal e-mail companygroup@ssl-mail.com
Regards
Alice


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and this morning:



Quote:


Reservation request


Someone wants to stay at your holiday home
You have received a reservation request for property.
You have 24 hours from the time the request was initiated to review, edit, or accept the request. After this time, if you have not responded to the request, it will be automatically declined for you.

Accept


Decline

Please review the details below.


Property
Unit 11249
Reservation ID HA-77VQ75
Dates Jan 20 - 27, 2017 , 7 nights
Guests 2 adults, 1 children
Holidaymaker name Martin



Holidaymaker Message

Hi,
I have initiated the booking with ownersdirect/homeaway. Your property is lovely and we wish to book it for 1 week starting tomorrow.
Regards
Martin


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AndrewH



Joined: 12 Sep 2013
Posts: 1206
Location: Kefalonia, Greece

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AngloDutch, the first one appears to be an email address phishing attempt, but both are sinister requiring you to click a button ('Accept' or 'Decline') and don't delay, because the second one wants to arrive tomorrow.

I can see some owners falling for either of these scams and they are dangerous because they are plausible. Hovering the mouse over the sender's 'email address' which is shown should reveal the truth.
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Rosie



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
Posts: 775
Location: France

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the one from Alice - twice in fact, to 2 different email addresses. I used to be on OD with one address but never the other.
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AngloDutch



Joined: 11 Jul 2014
Posts: 616
Location: Netherlands

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We received a genuine OD booking request just before the second one came in, so these emails keep you on your toes.

You have to scrutinize every single enquiry, but these can easily be noticed when coming through HA group because the listing number is not accurate. They have also started using photos - actually the main photo of someone's property - but of course it can be seen in a second that it has nothing to do with ours. Laughing
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Marks



Joined: 06 Nov 2006
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Location: Costa Blanca

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had both these today. My spam filter picked them up no problem and they never reached my inbox.
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Rosie



Joined: 12 Sep 2014
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Location: France

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked my spam folder for both email addresses and Martin is languishing in there!
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JanB



Joined: 17 Aug 2012
Posts: 506
Location: Near Bath

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tell tale is in the fsct they are asking for January dates in the information section but mention arriving in a week's time...

Goodness, they are becoming quite complex with the scams, having moved away from the Greek priest with a party of 20 scenario.
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Rosie



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Location: France

PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JanB wrote:
The tell tale is in the fsct they are asking for January dates in the information section but mention arriving in a week's time...


For me the tell tale sign is is that I don't advertise with OD/HA Laughing
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Casscat



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
Posts: 2661
Location: Andalucía

PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the same one from 'Martin' and for once it did not go to spam but into my inbox which made me hesitate slightly before hitting 'delete'. However as my calendar on OD has been blanked out as unavailable for the whole of 2017 I knew it was a wrong 'un and didn't even open it. All these damaging and unwelcome changes to the management of listings and enquiries and payments which the likes of HA insist with a straight face are in the interests of owner and guest security but seemingly no reduction in scamming/phishing.
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joan



Joined: 11 Nov 2016
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been hacked twice now and both on VRBO-HOMEAWAY....
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COYS



Joined: 06 Jun 2015
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Location: Greek Islands

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

joan wrote:
I have been hacked twice now and both on VRBO-HOMEAWAY....


Almost all of these scummy hack/phish/scam attempts require you yourself to respond, click a moody link or enter information. So if there's any shred of doubt, don't. Personal vigilance is your best friend. Welcome.
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Casscat



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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Location: Andalucía

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joan wrote:
I have been hacked twice now and both on VRBO-HOMEAWAY....


Welcome to LMH joan Smile The only way they can hack you is if you respond directly to the fake email. To avoid this always log into your account independently and check your dashboard/inbox. You will not find the fake enquiry there because it's bogus. Never click to log in via the email itself.
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Annew



Joined: 04 Nov 2009
Posts: 908
Location: Devon

PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JanB wrote:


Goodness, they are becoming quite complex with the scams, having moved away from the Greek priest with a party of 20 scenario.


You knew where you were with Greek Priests!!
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Annew wrote:
JanB wrote:


Goodness, they are becoming quite complex with the scams, having moved away from the Greek priest with a party of 20 scenario.


You knew where you were with Greek Priests!!


Indeed - sharing beds usually... Shocked
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