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    Hotel/Motel Scam (This one is so simple it is shocking)

    This is kinda scary if only because of how simple it is.

    You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. When checking in, you give the front desk your credit card (for all the charges for your room). You get to your room and settle in. Someone calls the front desk and asks for (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 cross 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, you might give this person your information, since the call seems to come from the front desk. But actually, it is a scam of someone calling from outside the hotel/front desk. They ask for a random room number. Then, ask you for credit card information and address information. Sounding so professional, that you do, thinking you are talking to the front desk.
    If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation, tell the caller that you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems. Then, go to the front desk and ask if there was a problem. If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone called to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.
    This was sent to me by someone who has been duped........and is still cleaning up the mess.

    ANYONE traveling should be aware of this one!
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    This is an oldie. Been around for years. Not that it's bad advice but it's still an oldie.
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    If the caller doesn't know your name, it's unlikely they'll get through:

    http://www.snopes.com/fraud/phishing/hotel.asp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubie View Post
    If the caller doesn't know your name, it's unlikely they'll get through:

    http://www.snopes.com/fraud/phishing/hotel.asp
    Not really - I've called many a hotel or motel for a wireline crew or a field rep and just asked for room so-and-so and was never questioned. (I never believe snopes even when she claims the sun sets in the west)
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    Like Retread mentioned, I've called plenty of hotels over the years and just said "Room 222 please" for example. I was always put right thru.
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    I never order room service from a hotel. I have ordered pizza from outside of the hotel, and used my cell phone to order.
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