AirBnB can be a great resource for finding housing but they are not completely safe from postings on which you risk losing both a place to stay and your money. You are probably already familiar with checking reviews to ensure it is a real listing. What other clues can be seen on the webpage offering a room, an apartment or a house?
Here are three examples:
As can be seen from the screenshot above, photos that are used are from the actual website of the hotel or are stock photos. Compare the price of the listing with the official hotel price. Factor in a surcharge for AirBnB fees but if it still looks above reasonable, think twice.
Photos are not of the room, apartment or house but of the surrounding area.
As can be seen from the screenshots below, there is a mismatch between the title and the description - one describes the place as a "full house", the other one talks about an apartment. Yet it is the same listing.
The reviews don't necessarily have to be very low. There are times when this is from malicious competitors. Look at all aspects of the page if you can spend the time. Send a message to the host and start a conversation if you are unsure.