Nov 1, 2012

Bottesford NHW Alert: Yet Another Credit Card Scam / Thefts

Yet Another Credit Card Scam
This is scary if only because of how simple it is.

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). They return it and you get to your room and settle in.

Someone calls the front desk and asks for a room number chosen at random.  It happens to be your room and when you answer the caller says the following, 'This is the front desk. When checking, we came across a problem with your charge card information. Please re-read me your credit card number and verify the last 3 digits on the reverse side of your card.' Not suspecting anything, you might give this person your information, since the call seems to come from the front desk. But actually, it is a scam by someone calling from outside the hotel. They sound so professional, that you give them the information, thinking 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, or call, 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, impersonating a
front desk employee.
Fraud is one of the fastest growing crime areas facing us today. Always suspect and double check anything that is out of the ordinary.

Be aware that Nottinghamshire Police are reporting thefts of heating oil from storage tanks in rural areas. Also a car parked in a  secluded car park beside the canal footpath between Owthorpe and Kinoulton was recently broken into and contents stolen. Please be vigilant. Where possible take extra precautions and report any suspicious activity to the police on the non-emergency 101 number.
John Shilton
Principal Coordinator
Bottesford Parish Neighbourhood Watch
Mob: 0772 5636626
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