I'm in the US. Do I have any reason to believe that I'm being scammed by this person in London from whom we are considering renting an apartment? Link to apartment and other details inside...
We need an apartment in London for four nights. The one that we are considering is this one
My concerns are:
1 - All of the reviews have a "stay date" on the 1st of the month. For some reason that strikes me as suspicious. Is it possible that the reviews (which are all excellent) were written by the manager?
2 - I've never heard of FlipKey. Is that a reputable organization? And, even if it is, is it prone to scam like other reputable organizations (e.g., eBay, craigslist)?
3 - The oddest part for me is that the manager has an Isreali email address (ending in .co.il) and right there on the FlipKey page under Manager Info his webpage is an Isreali page. Obviously he might be an Isreali living in London, but would he have an Isreali email address if that were the case? Is this any reason to be suspicious, or am I making something of nothing?
Those of you with experience: Please advise us: How do we avoid getting ripped off. And specifically, does this listing look like a safe bet or not? I'm traveling with three kids and it would be a nightmare to arrive and find that we had no where to stay.
Thanks for any help you can provide.