How can I avoid scams on Couchsurfing?

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We strive to keep scammers out of the community, but we also want to educate members in spotting and avoiding negative experiences. Scammers and spammers -- thankfully there aren't as many on Couchsurfing as on some sites, but like anywhere on the internet, you may come across them.

A message may be a scam if: 

1. It appears to be out of the blue, about a competition you have won, money that you are being given, or a business opportunity. 

2. You are told to keep the message and interaction a secret. 

3. You are asked for Whatsapp, Skype, or other contact information to discuss further. 

4. You are asked to loan money to someone, or send money in advance. 

5. You are asked for personal details, such as address, social security numbers, or bank information. 

6. The offer sounds too good to be true. 

 

Remember that it's always OK to say no to hosting, surfing, or meeting up with another member. Don't go along with anything that makes you uncomfortable. When using Couchsurfing, just like in the real world, consider each new interaction carefully and proceed in a way that makes you feel safe and at ease.

 

If you think you have been the victim of a scam: 

If you think you have been the victim of a scam, please be sure to contact the police and your bank first. Then contact us.

Give us as much information as you can about the incident, including a police report and a link to the other person's profile, so that we can take appropriate steps against the parties involved.

If you have  experienced what you believe at an attempted scam on Couchsurfing, please contact us immediately to report it.

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