Watch out, they are still inventing ways to get your dollars!!! This came to me through a reliable
source who had it done to them and I am passing it on. Hotel/Motel Scam (This one
is so simple it is shocking). This is kind of scary if only because of how simple it is. I’ll bet
this works all too often. 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 across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read
me your credit card number and verify the 3 digits on 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/motel 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 come down to the front desk to
clear up any problems. Then go to the front desk and ask if there is a problem. If there is none, inform
the manager of the hotel/motel that someone called to scam you of your credit card information acting
like a front desk employee.
REMEMBER: DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION TO ANYONE ON THE TELEPHONE UNLESS
YOU INITIATED THE CALL!
Another scam: Most of us take those summonses for jury duty seriously, but enough people skip out on their civic duty that a new and ominous kind of fraud has surfaced.] The caller claims to be a jury duty coordinator.
If you protest that you never received a summons for jury duty, the scammer asks you for your Social Security
number and date of birth so he/she can verify the information and cancel the arrest warrant. Give out
any of this information and bingo! Your identity was just stolen. The fraud has been
reported so far in 11 states. This swindle is particularly insidious because they use intimidation over
the phone to try to bully people into giving information by pretending they are with the court system.
The FBI and the federal court system have issued nationwide alerts on their web sites, warning consumers
about the fraud.