Friday, May 21, 2010

Hotel Scam? U must read this!

This is kinda scary if only because of how simple it is. I'll bet this works all too often. 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 320 (which happens to be your room). Your 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's a scam of someone calling from outside the hotel/front desk. They ask for a random room number.


Then they ask you for credit card and address information, sounding so professional that you think you're talking to front desk personnel. If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation or on a businesstrip, tell the caller that you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems in person.


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 attempted 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 clearing up the mess....


P.S. Please everyone, help spread the word by forwarding this to everyone you know and care for... Who knows, you might just help a friend avoid a nasty experience.

9 comments:

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Honeybuzz, this is very nice of you to inform everyone.
And yes, there's all kinds of scams going on, even here.
Unscrupulous people ringing up pretending they calling from the Bank, Credit card company, etc etc....
We all have to be alert and sniff the air, so to speak. If smell ikan bilis or salt fish, hang up immediately.

For me, once I sniff ikan bilis, my reply, "ohh, he died 3 years ago". Or, "give me your number, I'm in the bathroom, I'll call you back".

Or, "can you hold for a second, I'm transferring this call to my duty desk...as right now I'm holding a prisoner in handcuffs". Ha ha....
Have a nice day, Lee.

ا شين said...

Maaf mas mampir ajah ya...

Sang Cerpenis bercerita said...

ya, should be carefull.

A Lady's Life said...

Yes these things do happen so you must always tell your credit company where you are going and what you will be spending on so they can stop any other charges if such things happen.

HoneyBUZZin said...

Honey to Uncle Lee - arhahaha...are you always that hilarious?
good tips you have here Sir...Thank you for buzzing here.

HoneyBUZZin said...

Honey to Achen - mampir aja deh...makasih ya selalu mampir..

HoneyBUZZin said...

Honey to Fanny - yea....agreed. Be alert at all times.

HoneyBUZZin said...

Honey to A Lady's life - Hi, thank you for commenting here...and yes!
you were right about one should inform the credit company.

rgds.

friscodaniel said...

This could be possible, but most likely this would be done in the another room since people can just dial the room number and make the call, they could be spying on us since we checked in the hotel and observing whether we paid using credit card or not. Personally I had people doing this to me quite a nomber of times but fortunately I gave theme a fake number =)


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