Traveling and the longing to roam around the world are truly desired by one and all. We love it and try to capture every single moment. Traveling has many benefits but some disadvantages too. Every traveler needs a hotel, a guest house or a lodge to take rest and start out for the new day afresh. We put our faith and trust towards the hotel authorities and rest peacefully, but the entire hotel staff might not keep your trust all the time.
Hotel scam includes fraudulent calls and messages claiming to be from the hostel staffs. These callers ask for your private information and credit/debit card numbers. Since a traveler is always taken as an easy target, it is really necessary for you to maintain your security at first place. I’ve listed few tips below to understand and to avoid such mishaps.
Scam No. 1
Fake Front Desk Calls: Some good quality hotels do have some call facilities i.e. they give you a call 15 minutes after you reach your room, just to confirm if everything is alright or if you need something. But have you ever got a call claiming it is from the Front Desk and asking your private information like credit/debit card number as a security as long as you stay? Well if you have not received till date then you’ve been pretty lucky all these time. Never respond to such calls. Go to the hotel’s front desk immediately and report the call. On repetition of calls, kindly inform the hotel authorities ASAP. Hotel authorities never ask for your bank accounts or other private information for security purposes.
Scam No. 2
Fake Food Delivery: It is not a new thing for a traveler to get bunch of menus with various dining options for local taste. While the food in the menu might seem or look delicious, the restaurant may not really exists. Let me explain how: A scam artist simply makes a remarkable printout of a fake menu with delicious dishes. These look-real menus are slid over the guest’s/traveler’s door. And whenever you give your order, you are made to pay via credit/debit card. The food never arrives, but the scam artist silently disappears with all your card information. Always confirm the name of the hotel immediately over the internet or enquire at the front desk.
Scam No. 3
“Free” Wi-Fi Connections: No one enjoys paying for Wi-Fi in the hotel/resorts. Scam artists have taken this fact to their advantage. Every time you enter any valuable information over the free connection, your personal data has the chances of getting stored and this means everything: your username, password and other private information. Even the details of the transactions you make over this free network. This is commonly called Wi-Fi Skimming and it is getting popularized with each passing day. Not only your Hotel premises, it may occur anywhere including Coffee Shops, Departmental Stores, Bust Stop, anywhere, where people are least bothered about any fraudulent activities and online scam. Always consult Hotel authorities before signing into any free Wi-Fi connections. Make sure if the connection is password enabled or not. Get all the information in details.
Remember, a scam artist exists because we are careless or neglect many things. Always be careful in unknown places, starting right from taxi drivers. Don’t share any valuable information over the phone in the presence of any doubtful person. In case of any doubts, contact the nearest support immediately.
About the Author:
Smirti Rai is a Freelance Writer who uses to share her experiences by writing online blogs and articles.