This was sent in by a reader from Panama City. This scam took place in a hotel in the USA, but it's a good lesson for us all. Roberto
Preventing The Hotel Card Card Scam
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 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
This was sent by someone who has been duped........and is still
clearing up the mess....
Thanks Fred. Roberto