BEWARE ... There's A New Scam Out There

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mikem, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. mikem

    mikem Member

    A freind just sent me the info below. Beware ... this would be an easy scam to fall for.

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN YOU TRAVEL....and remind your elderly parents, Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and anyone you know who travels. But Especially the older generation, as they are more likely to fall for Something like this..

    It seems that the schemes to cheat people never stops and it won't! But keeping people informed is a key to helping prevent this from happening To your friends and relatives so please forward to all of yours. Can't be Too careful these days!

    This so simple, and reading this, anyone could be caught.

    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 asked for (example) Room 620 (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 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 think 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 by someone who has been duped......and is still Clearing up the mess....

    P.S. Please everyone, help spread the word by forwarding this Email to everyone you know. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a Nasty experience.

    It is never a good idea to give out the 3 digits on the back of your credit card. Also look on restaurant or other receipts to see that your entire credit card number is not printed there. If it is anyone who works there has access to your credit.


  2. loquin

    loquin Active Member

    If you physically present the card to the front desk when you check in, or for that matter, when you make a direct purchase anywhere, they should NEVER need the 3-digit code from the back. That code is only required to verify that you physically have the card in your possession when you are making 'remote' purchases over the phone or via the internet.
  3. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    I carry a very nice 36" wooden bat in the trunk of my car for times when I run into thieves like this!

    Heck, it hasn't failed me yet! She doesn't even have a dent on her!
  4. give me vtec

    give me vtec Active Member

    I would imagine it would be hard enough to find the person at the other end of the line... let alone get close enough for a bat to be effective.
  5. mikem

    mikem Member

    Thanks much Loquin ... that's great to know.
  6. ashley johnson

    ashley johnson New Member

    thats quite craft from people but yea i try to tell my relatives all the scams for when they go travelling as they are nice people and i want to make sure nothing happens to them.

    i quite scared when going to a places and people are going to clone my card