Canada: Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international student stranded - PressFrom - Canada
  •   
  •   
  •   

CanadaAlleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international student stranded

01:45  07 may  2019
01:45  07 may  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

1 in 50 private dwellings in Charlottetown listed on Airbnb, analysis finds

1 in 50 private dwellings in Charlottetown listed on Airbnb, analysis finds One out of every 50 private dwellings in Charlottetown was listed for rent on the website Airbnb, according to an analysis of the site by CBC News. CBC News captured listings on the site for 17 Canadian cities on Apr. 10. The 331 listings captured for Charlottetown represent 1.93 per cent of all private dwellings in the city. That's the second-highest proportion among all the cities included in the analysis. Whistler was highest at 18 per cent. David Wachsmuth, a professor with the School of Urban Planning at McGill University, has been studying the short-term rental industry.

+ Airbnb is an accommodation sharing website that allows members to rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests, to date they have over 500 million bookings. While some may balk at the idea of welcoming total strangers into their home, it’s a way to make an income for others.

Search 70 Student jobs now available in Fredericton , NB on Indeed.com, the world's largest job site. Airbnb offers free housing to people stranded by immigration order. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky is one of many tech executives who spoke out yesterday against Trump’s refugee ban.

Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international student stranded © Megan Yamoah / Global News Sudon Daigle, an Airbnb superhost in her Fredericton home.

Airbnb is an accommodation sharing website that allows members to rent out their properties or spare rooms to guests, to date they have over 500 million bookings.

While some may balk at the idea of welcoming total strangers into their home, it's a way to make an income for others. Sudon Daigle began listing her home on Airbnb five years ago to help pay her mortgage — a home she has owned for over 18 years.

“The market wasn’t great for selling at the time, so we decided to do Airbnb,” said Daigle a therapist and Airbnb super-host.

Whitehorse developing local Airbnb regulations

Whitehorse developing local Airbnb regulations The goal is to have a new bylaw in place by this fall. Currently, short-term rentals in Whitehorse don't require a business licence, and there aren't regulations. For now, bylaw officers would only deal with Airbnbs if there are issues such as noise complaints or other bylaw infractions. "If we do get complaints about a specific unit being used for Airbnb, because of issues we will likely investigate and there may be enforcement action," says city planner Kinden Kosick. © Jackie McKay/CBC Jackie McKay/CBC "We're a small city now, and with that comes some of these issues that we're facing such as Airbnb.

International student arrested, facing deportation for working too many hours: Two suspects arrested in Port Hope in human trafficking investigation Officers READ MORE: Canada aims to attract more international students by expanding presence overseas. Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton

READ MORE: Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international student stranded . Ultimately, Hulchanski says, there is a role for every level of government in addressing concerns over the impact of home-sharing platforms on housing affordability. The federal government could step in

READ MORE: Kelowna looking at allowing short-term rentals like Airbnb in secondary suites, carriage houses

Recently online fraudsters duplicated photos from Daigle’s Airbnb ad for her home and made their own profile, in a deceitful attempt to make money off unsuspecting travellers.

While vacationing in Vancouver, Daigle got a strange call from her guests that were checking out and her cleaner. They said another guest showed up on the porch.

“He was coming from China and he didn’t have a reservation — I checked,” said Daigle.

The victim of the con was an international student coming off a 20-hour flight. Unbeknownst to him, he booked the home for four nights with the online scammers.

WATCH: 1 dead in shooting after Airbnb post-prom party in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Adding insult to injury, flood brings sea of sewage to Fredericton man's home

Adding insult to injury, flood brings sea of sewage to Fredericton man's home The spring freshet has inundated houses, eroded property and displaced New Brunswickers up and down the St. John River — and now it's created a foul new problem for the residents of Riverside Drive in Fredericton. "Every kind of a thing that's thrown in a flush is here," said resident Richard Yeomans. Sewage seeped from a nearby overflowing manhole after historically high floodwaters spilled into the street and overpowered the city's system. Yeomans watched — and smelled — all kinds of "pollution," from tampons to toilet paper, float across the road and into his yard and basement.

READ MORE: Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international student stranded . Police add that residents who believe they have been scammed should contact the Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or online at www.antifraudcentre.ca. They say that while the money may be

Sporting a crisp button-up shirt in his profile photo, smiling Airbnb host "Alejandro" states he's been around the world and thus understands other travellers "much "Instead, it's something much more like commercial short-term rental operations." Alleged Airbnb fraud in Fredericton leaves international

Daigle said she told them not to turn the young man away since it was his first night in a foreign country and he was all alone.

“We allowed him to stay at the house for the day, while we tried to figure out what was going on," says Daigle.

An Airbnb user that rents Daigle’s home annually also called her after talking to the scammers on the phone. Though they advertised the home for $45 CDN per night, the listing typically rents for between $130 and $180 per night.

“These people told her that they had actually purchased our home and they were the new owners of the Airbnb, and so she had all their contact information," said Daigle.

She gave that info to police.

READ MORE: City of Vancouver takes action against 820 rogue short-term operators in 6 months

In a statement, Airbnb said:

“Fake or misrepresented listings have no place in our community and our team is constantly working to improve our platform, our policies, and our protections. We have removed this user from our platform and provided the guest with our full support, including a refund.”

Daigle says she wanted to share her story as a cautionary tale.

"Someone can't just post a listing and then get paid right away, there's that buffer zone of 24 hours," she said.

Daigle intends to press charges for the fraudulent listing.

Read more

Famed UFO researcher Stanton Friedman dead after half century of lectures.
FREDERICTON — Stanton T. Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer and world-renowned devotee of extraterrestrial existence, has died at the age of 84. The famed UFO researcher died Monday at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, his daughter Melissa Friedman confirmed Tuesday. She said he was on his way home to Fredericton from a speaking engagement in Ohio. Friedman built a reputation as a leading authority on unidentified flying objects, alien abductions and the so-called Roswell incident, considered by many to be the definitive UFO event.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!