Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Be careful in your hotel!

Guys, I'm almost back from a short trip I made to Sri Lanka, which is why I haven't posted in so long. I'm currently in Chennai at my sister's, chilling with pizza and drinks :D
Anyway, I just wanted to send a short message to all you guys from an email I got sometime back. This is quite important to all of you who travel a lot, or even very little, and since it is so relevant to me coz I've been travelling a lot these past few months, I wanted you to know about it too. So read on and pass it on:

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 cross a slight problem with your charge card information. 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, itis a scam of someone 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 do think you are talking to the front desk.

If you ever encounter this problem on your vacation, tell the caller that you will be down at the front desk to clear up any problems... Then, go 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.

This was sent by someone who has been duped........and is still clearing up the mess....

P.S. Please everyone, help spread the word by forwarding this email to everyone you know.. Who knows, you might just help someone avoid a nasty experience.

14 comments:

Akansha Agrawal said...

Whoa! Thank god I don't own a credit card at all :D

There are sooo many scams doing the rounds these days... :-/

How was Sri Lanka?? :-w

Mads said...

thats why i love my hard cash!! but the disadvantage is restriction on shopping with hard cash :(
thanks for passing this on :)
how was ur trip?? :) :)

Nidz said...

informative. thanks for sharing.. I didnt knw something liek this happens.
I was watching a program in AXN today which spoke about truth behind magic shows. i was shocked to see hw ppl can fool others...

Amandasaurus said...

You know, there are some pretty creative people out there putting their gifts to waste on things like this. Imagine if that person became an artist instead. They would ironically have a LOT to offer society....

Insignia said...

Oops, Not only at hotels, anywhere else, even to the customer executive of the bank, you are NOT supposed to reveal your CVV. Lessons to be learnt

Waiting for your Sri Lankan story

Aw.S.M said...

Oh thats sad shit man!!...but pretty ingenious in a way but def no fun when u r the one gettin duped...

Thanx for the info bro...its def something that could have gone wrong...hope ur vacation though is turnin out well...

Aw.S.M

IcE MaiDeN said...

My god! shud tell this to the one whos credit card i use all the time! :P lol :P dont know what I would do if anythng happened to that one :P

But seriously, tht was some brainy act..!! Thanks for sharing the info..

So hw was the trip? :)

Cheers,
Annie.

adreamygal said...

Thanx for sharing ...it comes at a right time when I am plannin to go on a vacation shortly ...Thanx ! and bdw hws ur vacation gng :D

Deeps!! said...

woah!! all kinds of scams these days huh??

something similar happened with a friend.. i wrote about it back at my bloghome! :)

And please please lease tell me where u got the subscribe, fb,twitter thing for ur page.. i have been looking for it.. and urs looks the bestt!!! :D

Cheryl said...

Some people are such assholes.

Shaunak said...

@Akansha
Well, be careful once you DO get one.
Trip was awesome!

@Mads
Hard cash is a little hard to carry everywhere..isliye.

@Nidz
Magic's secrets Revealed is what you're talking about. Well, technically, both magic and cheating are arts in their own rights...so yeah...deception's there.

@Amanda
Exactly! But since their intellect only works towards the negative of things, they turn to a life of crime I guess...you never can tell...

Dhanya said...

Thanks for passing this on, Shaunak. Never owned a credit card before, but I can pass this info to people who do :) Hope you're having a gala time. Damn, Missing pizzas! :(

Shaunak said...

@Insignia
Lesson definitely to be learnt.

@Aw.S.M
Absolutely...do keep this in mind when you're in a hotel, else you're in deep shit.

@adreamygal
Awesome...where are you off to? And mine's over and it was simply fantastic!

Shaunak said...

@Deeps!!
Look up http://www.iconfinder.com/
You'll find all you need for your icons.

@Cheryl
You said it...and not just assholes, smart ones at that too!

@Dhanya
You don't have pizzas there? :O
I'll send you some :D
I just returned from my vacations...definitely a gala time! :)