Monthly Archives: March 2018

Tips to avoid Airbnb scams

Airbnb has completely revolutionized traveling. Formerly, most travelers were limited to hotels and bed and breakfast-like accommodations. Airbnb has made it possible for travelers to live like a local—literally renting out residents’ apartments or homes.

The site has become extremely popular and attracts millions of users, many looking to spend a lot of cash on a luxurious vacation. Per usual, hackers

follow the money and have created scams targeting hopeful vacation-goers. While the Airbnb site itself is safe and reliable, scammers may try to lead you off that path.

Use these tips to avoid an expensive vacation planning mishap:

  1. Avoid fake Airbnb websites or emails. Scammers use phishing scams that try to get you to click on malicious links that appear to be from a legitimate source. Some scammers have gotten realllly good at making websites that look just like the real Airbnb site, and you may only be able to tell the difference by the URL. To ensure the URL is legit, check to see that it starts with https://. Airbnb has also noted that an email from Airbnb will always have one of the following domains:,,,,,,,,, or If the sender doesn’t end with one of these, don’t click on any links within the message.
  2. Don’t contact hosts outside of Airbnb. If a host messages you and asks you to contact them over email or a different platform, stop communication and report them. The site is made so all communication can and must happen within the site. Airbnb flags users with suspicious activity or conversations, but it can’t do this if communications happen off of the site.
  3. Never wire money! Again, Airbnb is designed that all of the transactions happen through the site, no exceptions. If a host is asking you to pay any fees–in any way–outside of the site, it’s almost a guarantee that you’re being scammed.
  4. Read reviews religiously. Check to make sure they have a decent sample size of reviews to ensure the host is for real and established (reading reviews is a general good practice when using the site for a lot more than just avoiding scams. You’ll learn a lot about the property that isn’t evident from the description or photos).
  5. Be suspicious of too-good-to-be true listings. A private pool, breakfast included, pet friendly, right on the water, all for $100 a night? Sounds like a fairytale getaway without breaking the bank, but it could do just the opposite if it’s a scam. Be wary of listings that promise a spread of amenities at a discount price to draw you in.

Airbnb is a great way to find unique and affordable accommodations for your next excursion anywhere in the world. It’s known to be safe and reliable, but as with most things travel-related, it requires you to be smart and exercise best practices to avoid a vacation disaster from an imitator site or scammer.


Guest Blogger: Mary Mulcahy

REELZ Channel is back on April 18

You asked for it, so we’re bringing it back. BendBroadband will launch the REELZ Channel on April 18, 2018. REELZ will be in the Preferred Tier on Channel 100. REELZ is an entertainment network that features films, series and documentaries about celebrities. Programming includes the critically acclaimed and award-winning The Kennedys, Autopsy: The Last Hours… Continue Reading

Thor, I, Tonya come to Movies on Demand

Thor, I, Tonya come to Movies on Demand

2017 featured some great superhero films. The latest to come to Movies on Demand is Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” one of the most fun blockbusters in a long time. DC’s “Justice League”—also available this month—might not be in the same league as “Thor,” but followers of the franchise will want to check it out. Fans of film-making… Continue Reading

World Muse 2018: Asking the Question

Article and Photo by Irene Cooper The 2018 World MUSE Conference celebrated its sixth year Saturday at The Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend, Oregon, with a full day of inspiration and thought provoking presentations from over 30 keynote speakers and performers. MUSE founder and director Amanda Stuermer, along with directors Tracy Treu and Cynthia LaRoche,… Continue Reading

Hit series, star-studded movies for $10.99/month

Hit series, star-studded movies for $10.99/month

Everyone wants great things to watch at a great price and, thanks to SHOWTIME, you can make it happen. For a limited time add SHOWTIME® to your existing BendBroadband package for only $10.99/mo. for 12 months! You can watch award-winning series and movies, sports, documentaries, and comedy specials anytime, anywhere with SHOWTIME. And we really… Continue Reading

Our website has a few small changes

We made some changes “under the hood” of the BendBroadband website to make it faster and easier to navigate. Here’s a quick overview of the changes you might notice: • On the navigation bar, under Support: a drop-down menu has been added so you can quickly access topics including: Internet, TV, Phone, Account and Email.… Continue Reading