Sunday, July 14, 2013
We are freshly home from our trip. I am tired, but I wanted to give a heads up to the latest credit card scam that I heard about.
Saturday night we stayed in a hotel between the end of the cruise and the flight home. We arrived to the hotel early and were able to check in. We were in the room no longer than 1 hour and the phone rang. It was a guy saying that he was from the front desk and they had a computer glitch, so needed all my info to reenter it into the computer. I got my address and phone number out, and then he wanted the credit card number, even though he said the transaction went through okay. I said, no I would bring the card down. He paused and then came back and said it would be easier and quicker to do over the phone. I said no again, and hung up on him. Then about midnight, the phone rang again.... good thing I was not sleeping because that would have really ticked me off. My husband answered this time. It was a guy, trying the same thing, and after a couple of moments, the guy hung up. We figure that is because they knew they goofed since they had already called the room earlier.
When we checked out, the same gal was at the front desk, and I told her that they tried a second time at midnight. The hotels in that area have been having this issue for a couple of months, and the police are working on it, but it is hard to pin down when it is all on the phone. She said a couple of people came to her and got upset because they had given the imposter their credit card info.
Please.... do not become one of their victims. Always go to the front desk personally with anything like that, or anything that sounds fishy.