A British family lost £4,100 when their Airbnb villa in Sicily, booked for this week, turned out to be fake. We also look at why tenants should beware too

An internet businessman based in Bath, who lost more than £4,100 to sophisticated Airbnb fraudsters after booking what he thought was a smart holiday villa in Sicily for three weeks.

He, his wife and their two children, who have asked not to be named, were supposed to start their holiday this week; instead, the listing turned out to be a scam. Rather than packing the sun cream, he says he spent the week contemplating whether legal action against Airbnb would be successful.

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