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This is one of the smartest scams I have heard about. You arrive at your hotel and check in at the front desk. Typically when checking in you give the front desk your credit card for any charges to your room and they don't retain the card, you go to your room and settle in. All is good.
The hotel receives a call, and the caller asks for as an example room 620 which happens to be your room. The 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 across a problem with your Charge Card information, please reread me your credit card numbers and verify the last three digits numbers on the reverse side of your charge card". Not thinking anything suspicious since the call was connected from the front desk, you oblige but actually it is a scam. Someone calling from outside of the hotel, they have asked for a random room number, then ask you for your credit card and address information, they sound so professional that you think you are talking to the front desk. If you ever encounter this scenario whilst travelling tell the caller that you will come to the front desk to clear any misunderstanding. Then go to the front desk or call directly the front desk and ask if there is a problem. If there was none inform the manager of the hotel that someone tried to scam you of your credit card information acting like a front desk employee.
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