Travel is generally a pleasant experience for most, however, becoming a scam victim is quite easy if you are an unwary traveler. Often, the traveler who is taken advantage of is the one who is simply not paying attention, especially here in the United States. Often, travelers believe that if they are in the U.S., they will not become the victim of a scam and so, let their guard down. It is in that moment however, that they are more likely to become a victim.
Keep Your Credit Card Close
Getting to your money, more specifically your credit card, is generally the mission of a thief even in America. In a society where we rarely carry cash feeling it is a liability, scam artists and thieves have taken to simply getting their hands on your credit card, or at least the number. For this reason, it is important that you know to keep your credit card number to yourself! Here are just a couple of reasons that handing out your credit card number may get you into trouble.
The Hotel Sleepy Scheme
You are tired, it is the middle of the night, you just arrived and you just want to sleep. The “front desk” calls and says they are very sorry, but there has been a problem with your credit card and are the last four digits of your care blah blah blah blah…You look at your card through groggy eyes and no, those are not the last four digits! The problem is solved, you offer your credit card number to the “front desk” again and they thank you.
The next morning, you make sure every thing is ok at the front desk and they assure you that no one called about your number that night and that they would have, never in fact, asked you for your number without just calling you down to the front desk. You are officially a scam victim.
A Pizza By Any Other Name
This common scam is been happening more and more in larger tourist areas in the U.S. including Orlando. It begins with you entering your resort room and finding a pizza brochure on the floor. Needing to relax and having the means to avoiding going out for dinner at your finger tips, you place your order with the conveniently placed pizza ad on the floor. You hand over your credit card number willingly not even thinking twice and are now officially the lucky co sharer of your identity as you have just been scammed.
It is easy moments like these that scammers are simply waiting for while you travel, making it of the utmost importance that you keep your wits about you. Rather than simply handing out your card number, keep it close to you and avoid becoming the victim of a scam when you travel.
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