Bloomington hotel guests fall victim to credit card scam

By WEEK Producer

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 3, 2013 at 11:28 AM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- As travel season heats up, Bloomington Police are reminding travelers to be aware of hotel credit card scams.
 
Authorities say, hotel guests at two Bloomington hotels reported receiving late night phone calls last month from a person claiming to be a hotel employee.
 
The person on the phone claims that the hotel computer has crashed and all guest information has been lost.
 
The caller then asks for the patron's personal information and credit card number and offers some form of compensation for the inconvenience.
 
Bloomington police say the easiest thing to do if you get a call like this, is to get up and go to the front desk.
 
“Over the phone, be reluctant to give your credit card information out,” said Bloomington Police Public Information Officer Sara Mayer. “Always try to verify in person who wants that information. That way you are protecting yourself."
 
To report a scam, contact your local police department. For more information on protecting yourself from scams visit http://www.bbb.org/us/consumer-tips-scams.

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