What should I do if someone asks me to pay outside of the Airbnb website?
Don’t send them money, and immediately let us know. We’ll never ask you to pay for anything outside of our site, through email, or through a third-party booker.
Sometimes you may need to pay local tax to your host, but this payment should only be made through Airbnb, and in many cases this will be included in the cost of the reservation. Learn more
Report requests for off-site payment
If an Airbnb host on the Airbnb site asks you to pay asks you to pay off-site or through another company, report it to us.
To report a message asking you to pay outside of Airbnb:
- Go to your Messages on airbnb.com and click the conversation with the suspicious message
- In the message, click the Flag icon
- Select the reason you’re reporting this person, then click Next
- If you want to block all communication with this person, click Yes, block now
If you receive a personal email from anyone (including an email@example.com or any other firstname.lastname@example.org email address) asking you to pay or accept payment off-site, let us know immediately.
You won't receive a paper or PDF invoice from a host or from Airbnb asking you for payment. If a host uses any of these terms, immediately flag the message: Western Union, MoneyGram, cashier's check, money order, Liberty Reserve.
Types of scams
Never share your email address before a booking is accepted or transfer funds outside the Airbnb system, and always carefully examine emails claiming to be from Airbnb. Examples of common scams include:
- Advance Fee Scam: Someone offers to pay you or give you something if you pay through a service outside of Airbnb.
- Phishing Scam: Someone sends an email or link that looks like it's from Airbnb or another trusted site. These messages are designed to trick you into providing confidential information such as passwords or other email addresses. Phishing messages may contain malware, which is malicious software that gains access to your computer to gather your personal information, including passwords.
- Travel Scam: Someone offers you a great deal on a listing if you pay or send a deposit using a wire transfer. After receiving your money, they don’t give you the reservation they advertised.
- Overpayment Scam: Someone offers to pay a host more than the price of the reservation, and then asks the host to give them cash to cover the difference.
- Third-party booking scam: Someone offers to reserve and pay for an Airbnb listing through their third-party website or service, often claiming to have an Airbnb coupon or discount. These reservations are typically paid for using stolen credit cards.
Note: Any reservations that are made outside of Airbnb violate our Terms of Service. If we identify that a reservation was made through a third-party service, we may cancel the reservation and deactivate the accounts of the person who made the reservation and the guest.