You’ve probably seen the news reports about the latest scam. The bad guys call some grandma type and pretend to be her grandson who is in trouble and needs money wired.
It’s amazing that the grandparents don’t recognize a grandchild’s voice, but they probably don’t see them often.
Here’s another that could trip you up if you’re not careful.
This is rather scary if only because of how simple it is. Picture it:
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 asks for Room 620 (which happens to be your room).
Your phone rings. 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. Could you 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 scammer 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 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 personally to the front desk to clear up any problems.
Then, go to the front desk. If there was no problem, 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 submitted by someone who has been duped …. and is still clearing up the mess.