Are you starting to get that "time for a vacation" itch. I know, it's only February, but, hey, anytime is a good time for a vacation.
Maybe some of you have already been planning some extended time off to do a little bit of traveling.
It is that time of year isn't it?
Well, my blog today is a quickie and covers a typical travel scam that us 50 + year old generation needs to be on the lookout for.
it sounds so simple yet it can be soooooo devastating.
You arrive at your beautiful hotel on the strip and begin your check in at the front desk.
We all know there are other distractions on your mind right now like the scantily clad waitresses or getting a frosty cold adult beverage in your hand or a handfull of poker chips, cigar and a seat at your favorite poker table or even finding your lucky seat at your lucky slot machine.
In any case, you are not really paying attention to what is going on around you or who is standing in line with you or next to you.
So while checking in, you hand the "sexy" front desk clerk your credit card to cover all of the "incidential" charges for your stay.
Your check in completed, you head to your room and settle in.
I can see it now...........the first beer of the day is opened and capped with a fresh lime.
But there are other things going on outside your happy little world that you are not aware of.
Without you knowing it "stranger danger" calls the front desk from a secluded place in the casino and asks for room 623 - which happens to be your room.
Hhhhmmmm... he must have overheard you talking when you were checking in.
The phone rings in your room.
You answer it (while taking a refreshing swig of your frosty cold beer) and the person on the other end says convincingly:
When checking in, we came across a problem with your charge card information.
Would you be kind enough to please re-read your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits on the reverse side of your charge card."
Sometimes they even have your name if they are good enough.
Not thinking anything, you might give this person this information, since the call seems to come from the front desk.
You hang up the phone (and have another swig of that frosty cold beer) thinking everything is right with the world and tonight is going to be your big night.
Unfortunately you just gave your vital credit card information to a scam artist that might be right down in the lobby (the noise sounded right didn't it?) or you could have actually been called by someone outside the hotel/front desk.
Sometimes these crooks might even ask for a random room number. Then, they ask you for your credit card information and address verification.
They sound so professional that you give it to them, thinking all of this time that you are talking to the front desk.
Then grab your frosty cold beverage and head on down to the front desk and ask if there was a problem.
If there was none, inform the manager of the hotel that someone called to scam you of your credit card information, acting like a front desk employee.
Don't ever give your credit card information out over the phone when you have been called even when you think the call is secure.
Hey, Don't be bashful here.
Please consider spreading the word by forwarding this blog to someone you know who does a lot of traveling.
Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience.
And, if you have encountered any travel scams yourself, I would love to hear about them in the comments below. I will definitely pass them on to our loyal Survive55 Blog Nation.
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