Hotel scam watch: Traveler beware!
"Please re-read me your credit card numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers"
Be on the lookout for a hotel scam that could ruin your trip — and your credit
By YVONNE DAY, Contributing Writer
LOS ANGELES — 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) and they don’t retain the card. 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 and you answer. 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 numbers 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 hotel scam in 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 is a problem. If none, inform the manager that someone attempted to scam you of your credit card information, in the guise of a front desk employee.