I got a phone call around 2pm today, a woman with a thick accent said she was from the "Hilton Hotel" and required my credit card details to confirm a booking for valentines day. Although I had no booking curiosity got the better of me and I asked “what location” she didn’t answer. Just repeated it was booking for Valentine ’s Day and she required my credit card details. So I asked again, and again, until she eventually said Marylebone Road – Curiosity satisfied, I explained I had no booking and that she had the wrong number. I thought nothing more of it, it couldnt be a scam. No one is dumb enough to just hand over thier credit card details if they dont have a reservation right?
Then chatting with my brother just now, I mentioned it, and he jokingly said "how do you know a certain someone hasn’t booked it for you as a surprise, now you have just cancelled the reservation"... Then it clicked. Absolute genius of a scam, she called mid day, without being sexist, most men will be at work so its more probable that the wife or girlfriend would answer.... and I wonder how many would think that they have just discovered their partners secret valentines surprise and hand over the credit card details to secure it. She did specifically say that it wouldn’t be charged.
Oh, not just me being paranoid either, there is no Hilton on Marylebone Road in London...
[Edited 2010-02-10 17:02:11]