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All was great until recently. Since October we have been receiving numerous, one 1week to 4 week long bookings with Names in CAPS from places like Algeria. It is November 2018 at time of writing to this thread and we have fake bookings until end 2019. I have been sending the suspected Bogus fraudulent bookings reservation numbers to Booking.com to verify and cancel but very little is done. I see 1 or two of them get cancelled but the majority do not get removed. As I get new ones, I forward them to Booking.com, but they are coming in faster than I can deal with the real business calls and bookings over the phone. We cant manually fight back by cancelling a single reservation at a time when automation is FILLING our calendars across all months, daily. I changed my cancellation policy to make is stricter. We used to have a no fee cancellation policy which worked great for us, until these automated fraudulent bookings started.
Booking.com has to implement a safety to ensure a real person is behind the booking and is truly reachable via booking.com. We need to be able to review our guests too, the way they do on Airbnb.com.
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