There has been an incessant rise in the number of scammers who would dupe people for their money. Some amongst them have turned it into an art form, which makes it difficult for people to trust anyone; they might come up at any location.
They have been spread everywhere and their whereabouts are shrouded in mystery. Yet people need to be careful, for it’s their own hard earned money which is going down the drain to people, who have obtained it through pure evil.
A new hotel scam
Recently, there has been a trend of con-mans attempting to dupe people living in hotels of their money. The process is elaborate and involves a lot of planning.
Firstly, they would call you on the room telephone, and ask for your credit/debit card details because of a problem that had mysteriously cropped up while cataloging the details of the lodgers. Then, they would ask for the number on the back of your card. The CVV which they then use for their own nefarious purposes, and siphon off every last buck in your bank account.
On further investigations, it has been found that they portray themselves as hotel staff, and randomly call a room number. Even though they have been quite anonymous, there are ways to be careful of them.
Firstly, always check with the hotel staff at the reception, if there is indeed some problems with the cards that led them to a phone call. If that is not the case, then immediately lodge a complaint against the number you were called from. Always remember to act fast, without dilly-dallying for they could easily move on to their next target while you would be second-guessing your options. Also, remember to retain the phone number, and always check who you are giving the details to. Ensure that it reaches back to you safely, and check your bank account immediately thereafter.
The money is yours, and it is your responsibility that no one steals it away from you. Also, inform the cops about such a scam as soon as it happens. Keeping in mind that this happens to hotels that are usually very popular and crowded, it is easier to dupe people. What needs to be done, is an alert mind that is able to catch up to the slightest of deceptions. Only then would you be truly careful.