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‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams — Krebs on Security

‘Land Lordz’ Service Powers Airbnb Scams — Krebs on Security (Identity Theft, Fraud, Scams)

Scammers who make a living swindling Airbnb.com customers have a powerful new tool at their disposal: A software-as-a-service offering called “Land Lordz,” which helps automate the creation and management of fake Airbnb Web sites and the sending of messages to advertise the fraudulent listings. ]site that helps him manage more than 500 scam properties and interactions with up to 100 (soon-to-be-scammed) “guests” looking to book the fake listings. As security deposit needs to be added ,discount needs to be applied please follow the airbnb link” (which goes to the fake Airbnb page). Alex Holden, chief information security officer of Hold Security LLC and the researcher who shared screen shots of this fraud panel, said the scammers appear to be advertising their fake listings primarily via Gumtree, a free classifieds service in the U.K. Airbnb could help by adding some type of robust multi-factor authentication, such as Security Keys — which would defeat these Airbnb phishing pages. Tags: Airbnb scam page, alex holden, goatsontheroad.com, Gumtree, Hold Security LLC, Land Lords, Land Lordz

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