North Van resident’s home listed on Airbnb by suspected scammer
This is a situation that would shudder most people, and it certainly gave a North Vancouver resident goosebumps when he saw an Airbnb ad for his home that he absolutely had no idea with. nothing to see.
It started last week. Howard Wong had the surprise of a lifetime when someone knocked on his door after midnight in his quiet North Van neighborhood.
The person had paid for an Airbnb reservation at Wong’s residence, but it was not Wong who created the ad.
“A guy with a mask was violently trying to push in and enter the door,” Wong told Daily Hive.
Wong called 9-1-1, but told Daily Hive his response was disappointing.
“The police told me there was not much they could do. “
What Wong discovered through the North Van RCMP was that they also received a phone call from the person trying to enter.
According to Wong, the RCMP told him that the person who arrived at his home was there to self-quarantine after traveling the city, dismayed that his destination would not let him in. Wong says the RCMP asked him if he runs an Airbnb.
The issue became clearer to Howard after further investigation, when he was shocked to find photos of his North Van home on an Airbnb listing.
Advertised as “Vancity’s Finest,” the listing is described as a private room in a residential house hosted by Kayla.
Wong has no idea who Kayla is.
Wong also points out that the list is incredibly inexpensive, making it an attractive place for a potential stay.
Two reviews on the list suggest that this isn’t the only time someone has visited Wong’s house, but it was only the only time they knew about it.
He told Daily Hive that his entire house was rented between 2019 and 2020, but the person renting it ended up giving up the rental agreement.
He suspects that the person renting the house had put the property on Airbnb during this time, and this is how real photos of his house were available. However, it is not clear whether her former tenant and the person behind this ad are related.
Airbnb regularly sends emails with recommended places to visit, and Wong says her home was listed in one of those emails as one of the “top rated homes.”
Wong received a response from Airbnb, but only to say that they are investigating. But, on Wednesday morning, Wong informed Daily Hive that the ad had been taken down, without any explanation from Airbnb.
In an email to Daily Hive, an Airbnb spokesperson said it was an unfortunate experience for the company.
“We are sorry to hear this experience and have permanently deleted the host’s account and the fraudulent ad from our platform. False and poorly represented houses have no place on our platform. We regret that this announcement was included in a promotional email and are investigating how this happened.
Daily Hive has contacted the North Vancouver RCMP for further comment.