Phone Scam Targets Hotel Guests
Many travelers are trying to squeeze in last minute vacations before schools are back in full swing. Unfortunately, scammers know this and may try to trick you into divulging your credit card information by posing as hotel employees. The BBB warns travelers to beware of a telephone phishing scam designed to steal credit card numbers.
Hotel guests across the nation are alerting local BBBs of the increased popularity of this scam. Since travel and hotel stays tend to increase during the summer, the scammers ramp up their efforts during this time.
The scam works when a hotel guest receives a phone call in the wee hours of the morning. The caller claims to be a hotel employee who needs to get your credit card number because:
All plausible scenarios. However, the crooks are counting on catching you while you are sleeping, so you aren't thinking clearly. And they might even offer you a discount on the room for the inconvenience.
The callers are very convincing. According to hotel guests targeted by this scam, the caller sounds very professional. However, hotels generally handle any questions about billing at the front desk, not over the phone. And they certainly wouldn't be calling you in the middle of the night.
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