I have recently had a worrying experience while trying to book a Gite for a family holiday via Homeaway.co.uk. Please see the facts below as I have sent to Homeaway and please understand that actions such as this damage trust between customers and owners
AS SENT TO HOMEAWAY - I recently tried booking a holiday via your website and I initially received a booking ref #8052399. I was then contacted by a Mr Vincent Donnelly who said that he owned the property but that he was no longer working with your company and that I should send money direct to his bank account. I was suspicious of this request so I asked for some references and Mr Donnelly (if that is his real name) said he could not do that. I then asked him for a rental agreement and he ignored the request. I then sent him a rental agreement I put together myself - it was only 1 page and very easy to understand. Mr Donnelly refused to sign it and then sent me an email saying that he was renting to someone else. I then challenged him on this behaviour and he has made some silly threats about posting my details on the internet!!
Please note that this behaviour is indicative of a scammer and I would encourage you to reassess allowing Mr Donnelly to continue advertising with you as it is in the interest of everyone to kick these scammers out of the market as their behaviour only serves to undermine the trust of customers in your services.