The world is huge

Don't miss any of it

Travel news, itineraries, and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.


The New Credit Card Scam That Preys on Hotel Guests

Reports of a new credit card scam targeting hotel guests have been making their way around the Internet, and it’s worth getting the lowdown on it so you don’t end up a victim.

Here’s how it works. You’re in your room, maybe lounging in bed or watching TV after a long day of travel, when the phone rings. It’s the manager or a front desk clerk, they know your name and room number, and they just need to clarify a few details (like your credit card number) because “the system crashed.” Maybe they’ll even offer you a free perk like a late checkout for the inconvenience.

Do not fall for this.

If the front desk is calling to ask for your credit card information, offer to walk down to the front desk and give it to them in person. If it’s a legitimate request, they’ll have no problem with this. If they insist that’s not necessary, insist that it is.

Because it’s probably a total scam.

More From SmarterTravel:

Jamie Ditaranto is a writer and photographer who is always looking for her next adventure. Follow her on Twitter @jamieditaranto.

Don't Miss a Trip, Tip, or Deal!

Let us do the legwork! Sign up for our free newsletter now.

By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

We hand-pick everything we recommend and select items through testing and reviews. Some products are sent to us free of charge with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions and do not accept compensation to review products. All items are in stock and prices are accurate at the time of publication. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

Top Fares From