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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.

VFW Post 10076, 111 South Main Street, Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771
(Mailing Address P.O. Box 13 Mt. Airy, MD 21771)
301 829-1682