A “London townhouse” received thousands of pounds’ worth of bookings within hours of being listed on Airbnb, but turned out to be a doll’s house. UK-based Youtubers known as Josh and Archie said they ran the prank to check how closely the home sharing platform vets its listings.

Despite many clues, the listing was verified within 24 hours, and more than £3,ooo in bookings rolled in.

The pair then refunded all bookings but one “to prove how vulnerable Airbnb is to scammers”, standing the only non-refunded bookers to a night in a 5* hotel with dinner.

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(image: (Youtube/Josh Pieters & Archie Manners)