Scam Dec 2013
arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking
in, you give the front desk y our credit card (for any charges to your room).
You go to your room and settle in. All is good.
The hotel receives a call and the caller asks for (as an
example) room 620 - which happens to be your room.
The phone rings in your room. You answer and the person on
the other end says the following: 'This is the front desk. When checking in, we
came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your
credit card number and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of
your charge card.'
Not thinking anything wrong, since the call seems to come
from the front desk you oblige. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling
from outside the hotel. They have asked for a random room number, then ask you
for your credit card and address information. They sound so professional, that
you think you are talking to the front desk.
If you ever encounter this scenario on your travels, tell
the caller that you will be down to the front desk to clear up any problems.
Then, go to the front desk or call directly and ask if there was a problem. If
there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you
of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.
This was sent by someone who has been duped........and is
still cleaning up the mess.
P.S. Please, consider spreading the word
by forwarding this e-mail (as a "bcc"!). Who knows, you might just
help someone avoid a nasty experience.
travelling should be aware of this one!