Suspicious applicants?

Hello! I was wondering if anyone has gotten any suspicious applications recently? I received two in the last 48 hours for “local” people. They only had one image that had clearly been lifted from a website, and their profiles were non-specific. Stuff like, “I’m looking to house sit because I may want to buy a house one day and want experience.” Or, “I love animals.” When I asked for more information, I didn’t get a reply. They look very different than most of the profiles I see, and I am wondering if these are scam accounts somehow.

Has anyone else experienced this? I did put in a query to THS, but I thought I’d check here as well.

I’d push that straight up to THS.


Hi @apublichouse welcome to the forum and thank you for flagging this incident you’ve experienced, I’m sorry that it has happened to you. If there is ever anything suspicious about any communication a member receives then Membership Services is the first place to report this.

I will check the matter with the team when they are back on line.

Thank you for joining or forum community and I hope we will hear more from you, about positive aspects of being a member of course.

Angela and the Team

That’s nice of you to still try to engage. I have to limit my profile because people kept making fake accounts with my information and photos, But the no response you have been getting sounds sketch.

Hello and welcome to our community forum @Globetrot - we look forward to following your house sitting journey and getting to know you more.

Please be reassured that all new members on TrustedHousesitters are verified and checked, but if you believe anyone has used or copied your photos and information it is something we would take very seriously. As @Angela mentions above, anything suspicious is best quickly reported to membership services. Please feel free to DM me with any further information to identify this and we will pass onto membership services to get checked. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. All the best, Vanessa

Hi again @apublichouse after checking with Membership Services who have looked into this, we wanted to let you know that the applicants are indeed genuine, new members who need some help and direction with their profile creation and application process.

A member of the team will be reaching out to them and signposting here to the forum also, where our amazing experienced members will be able to help.

Thank you again for posting … as a result you will have helped two new members, that’s a great result.


Thank you,
I am not concerned with anyone on this site, its other social media sites…mainly facebook and instagram where this is an issue. I do see that part of the profiles are searchable so that gave me a little hesitation at first, but if I see someone with a fake account on her, I am glad to know you will take this seriously.

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That’s good to hear … thanks for letting us know that. Look forward to hearing more about your house sitting journey here on our safe forum :slight_smile: Take care.