(Closed) Air BnB identity confirmation-not happy with it

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1718 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

This would irk me, too.  A credit card to secure the room would be all I use and that is because I can dispute it with the credit card company if I had a problem. 

Post # 4
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yes, but you are renting someone’s apartment with their stuff in it, right?  I don’t entirely blame the site.  But I also probably wouldn’t rent a stranger’s apartment and sleep in their bed, either.

Post # 6
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Have you contacted their customer service? I’ve got 2 upcoming Airbnb rentals overseas and was never asked for that much info, hell I didn’t even connect my facebook account for like 6 months. It’s not a requirement to use the site. Could it depend on the requirements of the person renting the apartment? Definitely talk to customer service. All I needed was my CC and an account.

Post # 7
2892 posts
Sugar bee

@kmarie719:  That’s odd. I just booked a place through airbnb just 2 days ago. I had to set up an account and there was an option to link my facebook but it NEVER required a 2 part verification where I needed to send photo ID and my SSN. It just wanted my name, address, phone, and CC number. That’s it.

Post # 9
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’ve always uploaded a photo ID.

You’re renting someone’s private residence, not an anonymous room in a hotel that is much less vulnerable. I guess I don’t see why uploading your driver’s license is an issue.

Post # 10
2214 posts
Buzzing bee

I just booked a room on airbnb a few days ago and was definitely not asked any of this. I didn’t even have to link to my facebook account. I just used my email and used my credit card to book it.

Post # 11
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I believe the owner of the property has the option to increase security before renting out their apartment. You don’t need to enter so much personal information for all properties, but its understandable why they would want you to confirm your identity. 

Post # 13
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@kmarie719:  That sounds sketchy! I wouldn’t book through that service. Can you call the hotel/B&B directly and do it by phone?

Post # 14
734 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ugh, I don’t like that. There are some things where they ask for my SSN and I always ask “um… why?”. There are only a few places that need my SSN, my employer and my accountant being two of them. I don’t see why they would need it, but it looks like PPs might know why.

That would unsettle me too though, that’s for sure! They would need a good reason for needing my SSN, that’s for sure!

Post # 16
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@crayfish:  +1.

Your ID as a verification is totally understandable. It’s similar to when you book a hotel room; you show them your ID when you check in. The only difference is this is a private party’s property, so obviously they would want to make sure all the information matched up in case something goes wrong.

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