This new hotel scam seems to be quite simple in nature but the repercussions of this social engineering attack are at large. The business of Hotels and restaurants in current century plays quite an important role in the worldwide economy. A lot of people travel on the daily basis and the only available option for one-night stay is a good hotel.
Similarly, the modes of payment have also been revolutionized and today quite a large amount of people are using credit cards to pay their expenses. These credit cards can be a risky investment if the consumer is not aware of the potential risks.
One such scam which involves hotels and the use of credit card is debunked here, you arrive at a hotel and then check in at the front desk. Typically 9 out of 10 times you give your credit card to the front desk to pay the charges of your room and then they do not retain your card.
After that you go to your room and settle in because all is good. After a short time the hotel receives a call and the call ask for room 10 (for example) which happens to be your room.
The phone in your room rings and then you pick that up, next to you on the phone line is a very professional person. The other end says the following lines,
“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 numbers and verify the last 3 digits numbers at the reverse side of your charge card.”
You think that it is natural because you have just checked in to your new hotel room. So you without thinking about anything fishy read out the numbers which this professional caller asked you to give. But actually, it is a scam and that particular caller is going to use your credit card number along with that secret 3 pin number to go on a shopping spree and even take every penny out of your credit card account.
If you go through any of the situation then you should tell the caller that you are going to visit the front desk to solve the problem. If the front desk tells you that no such information is required then you should contact the hotel manager and tell him about the scammers as this is normally a person who is standing outside the hotel keeping an eye on your recent check-in and the activity of your credit card provision to the front desk and later he tries to scam you.
Smartly stuff reported the incident and this was reported to them by someone who got duped. Now, your responsibility is to share it up so if someone isn’t aware of this thing then they should learn it ASAP.