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Travelers--Beware of this Scam!
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    Travelers--Beware of this Scam!

    I thought I should warn you about a scam which travelers are susceptible to. This has not happened to me, but according to my source, someone they know has been victimized. Here it goes:

    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.

    ANYONE travelling should be aware of this one!

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    Re: Travelers--Beware of this Scam!

    Another one is the pizza delivery flyer pushed beneath your room door or in the public area of a hotel. You ring and order, they get your credit card details and you get no pizza and a big bill when you return home.

    Free Wi-Fi. Free hotel Wi-Fi always requires a password. Ask at the desk if free WI-FI is available and if it is get the pass word there Anything else offered free in hotels and public areas without a password is a "hot spot scam". Use it and any passwords you use and all personal business, for example your e-mail address and password (useful for the "Help, I have been robbed/I am in hospital/stranded abroad, send money" scam!) will be intercepted by scammers.

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