A recent report has shown that Airbnb scamming has become more streamlined, with a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool, “Land Lordz”, enabling the simple creation of fake Airbnb properties and automating their listings, on a monthly subscription model.

The basic package costs fraudsters $550/month which allows 500 fake postings, and management of 100 victim-guests.

Those looking to book are tricked into logging into fake Airbnb sites which are either directly phishing sites or  forward the requests to the real Airbnb.com platform, but keep details stored on malicious servers to be attacked later. Scammers can add fake positive reviews, while images are copied from real listings.

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