HOTEL CREDIT CARD SCAM ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!
You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in, you give the front desk your 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 to me by someone who was duped……..and is still cleaning up the mess.
Please, consider spreading the word by forwarding this e-mail. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience. ANYONE traveling should be aware of this one!
LOTTERY AND SWEEPSTAKES SCAMS ALERT!!!!!
Also beware of the lottery and sweepstakes scams. If a stranger should contact you via email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., stating you’ve won the lottery or some sweepstakes, please don’t send them any money to complete the transaction. Matter of fact if you don’t recognize an email sender don’t open it. If you receive such a text on your phone, erase or delete it. Don’t correspond with the scammers on social media. REMEMBER, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Our neighbors are ending up on the 6’oclock news complaining about scammers ripping them off. Knowledge is power. Lets help our neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, etc., by getting the word out. No matter how professional or smooth they sound, how attractive they are, don’t be fooled by these unscrupulous shysters.