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You’re on the road, for business or pleasure doesn’t matter. You check into a hotel. You get to your room and start to settle in. The room phone rings…
“This is the front desk calling. There’s been an issue with the credit card you used at the front desk. Could you read the number for us so we can double check it?”
What do you do?
If you’re smart, tell them that you’ll bring the card down to the front desk. Chances are they’ll either hang up or make an excuse why it’ll be easier for you over the phone.
Let’s break down this scam for you. The scammer calls the hotel and asks to be connected to a specific room. They then pretend to be a hotel employee. The credit card information is written down, and viola they have stolen your credit card.
If you are ever in doubt about the legitimacy of the person on the other end of the line, don’t give them any information. If you can handle something in person, do so. It’s the best way to maintain the security of your precious banking information.
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