Bournemouth Rooms: fight against property frauds online

Running a website it's more complicated than you expect

“Bournemouth rooms was founded 2 years ago” says Chris Bee,  founder of the website that in only this short amount of time now has over 400 properties listed and has become a benchmark for the local community in terms of renting rooms. On www.bournemouthrooms.com you can find rooms, studios, flats, houses for rent or book a hotel and contact the owner directly. “From one night to a year” is the slogan of the company, which operates not only in Bournemouth but also in the surrounding area.

If you own any property, you can advertise it on the website and get enquiries . About the birth of the website, the founder said that bournemouthrooms was born from his need to rent his properties for free, than he decided to offer this service to other people too. When asked about his vision of the company, Chris said: “Once this works properly, I want to expand it in other cities and then, eventually, become a national website.”

But during our 3-week-internship we had to face something that wasn’t a problem for the website before. In a couple of days several fake advertisements were posted, but these frauds were quickly discovered and removed from bournemouthrooms. As soon as we saw the properties, we noticed that they were in other cities of the U.K. and contacted the users that enquired for the properties notifying them that it was a scam. We are currently reporting the swindlers to the police to avoid this happening again to others.

Each of us had specific tasks to carry out. Andrea managed social media accounts which included putting adverts on them, answered messages and created graphics. Tamara replied to emails, created and managed profiles for agencies on bournemouthrooms while Alessia inserted properties on gumtree.com, which is a big virtual market place, and managed the page.

This work placement gave us the opportunity to understand more about  the work that there is behind a website, the administration and management.

by Tamara Pezzotta, Alessia Granata & Marchesani Andrea

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