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Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Thu Feb 11, 2010 12:58 am

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]
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RE: Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:25 am

cool. I'm gonna try that one and see if works... nah, just kidding! Only kidding!   
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RE: Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:28 pm

Quoting Daysleeper (Thread starter):
she required my credit card details

Thankfully you were not stupid enough to give her those details!

However, it never ceases to amaze me how some people still fall victim to these scams! Surely everybody knows these days, you don't give your credit card details to anyone unless you know exactly who they are and what it's for?

I actually keep one credit card with a very low credit limit for purchasing things on-line, guaranteeing reservations etc then pay it off immediately. This way, you get all the security of paying by credit card (assistance when things go wrong with purchases etc, company goes bust etc etc) yet if someone does rip-off your card detaila, they can't spend a whole heap because of the low limit ....
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RE: Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:32 pm

You could see how some people would be caught off guard. I would never give it out preferring to take their number and advise that I would call them back. That way you can have time to check everything.

These scammers are getting worse and worse.
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RE: Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:48 pm

As someone that works in customer services for a credit card company I can say that people WILL fall for this one, every day of the week, but one that really gets to me and I see it a couple of dozen times a week people that order or sign up for free samples online and then wonder whats going on when multiple debits are applied to there accounts. I mean come one people if it is a free trial or sample, why do they need your card details????

And did your parents never teach you if it sounds to good to be true it most likly is

Must think up a new one soon, slow moving brain trying to get into gear ;)
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RE: Clever Scam – Be Careful (UK Especially)

Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:09 pm

I've had a similar scam while staying in a hotel. 'Reception' calls a room, asking for credit card details as they've got a problem at reception. The call is actually an external call, possibly from an off duty member of staff who's checking room lists and names (as my name was used). Fortunately I said I'd come down to reception and sort it out. Of course on arriving at reception, I'm met with blank looks initially, but then concern as the duty manager was called.

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