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Discussion in 'Travel Security' started by uggboy, Aug 21, 2012.
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|| Hotel Guest Scam Resurfaces ||
Never give out anything worthwhile over the phone!
If the scammers are calling hotel rooms, I would wonder about the hotel's procedures for incoming calls. In most USA hotels, the SOP is for an outside caller to request the guest's room by the guest's name and not just a room number. Unless the scammers are guessing that a Mr. Smith is staying in room 501, it's hard to see how they manage to connect with a hotel guest. Asking just for room 501 should not result in the call being connected.
I know a Mr Smith that this happened to -- and the call came in circa 3 AM; he gave them the number and within minutes the card was maxed out.
But isn't the name all that's needed for the scam? Call the front desk, ask for Mr. Smith, be connected to Mr. Smith, tell Mr. Smith there's a problem with his credit card... the room number never comes up.