Credit Card Scam

My good friend Mr. YH Lim send me a email to remind me of a credit card scam which can occurred if you are checking into a hotel and pay by using your credit card. I have pasted his post as below.

Inform all who travel.

This is to once again remind you NEVER give any important personal information to anyone by PHONE. So many crooks in the world today. This is useful to know and to remember, please spare some time to read it carefully.

ANYONE traveling should be aware of this one!

Must read it !

Hotel/Motel Scam (This one is so simple it is shocking)


This is kinda scary if only because of how simple it is.

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 asked 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 employee.

This was sent by someone who has been duped……..and is still cleaning up the mess.*

P.S. Please everyone, consider spreading the word by forwarding this email.
Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience.

ANYONE traveling should be aware of this one!

Well I do hope that this will help someone who is travelling and using his credit card.

Cheerio and see you next time.