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4 Scary Hotel Scams

How to avoid getting conned by these common scams, while at your hotel.

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No matter where in the world your wanderlust (or career) may take you, one of the best things about traveling is staying in a hotel. There are so many beautiful hotels around the world with great service, amazing amenities, and striking architecture – and we’ve written about many of them. Even so, hotels can be a breeding ground for thieves and scammers. Here are the four top worldwide hotel scams:

4 Scary Hotel Scams

Don’t let your credit cards get cancelled while abroad because of theft

Fake Menus

Great! A local pizzeria slipped their flier under your hotel room door, now you won’t have to look any further for dinner. False. You’re about to hand over your name and credit card info to an identity thief posing as a pizzeria. This run of the mill scam is so popular, it’s even seen at Disney World of all places. If you want some low-key food to order in, ask the hotel for a recommendation instead. Before ordering anything, always check with the front desk to see if these are legitimate restaurants, or use Google to find local restaurants, and pay in cash. Never use your credit card over the phone.

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 107 Comments

  1. Emma Blackwood

    Good advice about scams that I have never heard of before. I’d like to add one thing though, what about the daily charge scam to use the hotel Wi Fi in the room that you paid for while the lobby access is free?

  2. Carol Warren

    I always avoid mini bar charges by asking if the items are free or chargeable. Overseas, many items were free. When I check out, I always ask for the clerk to check the mini bar so that there are not surprises on the bill.

  3. Evangeline H. Lopez

    I can agree with the water paragraph. I actually did that and didn’t see the little card on the table that said 5.50. Really? $5.50 for a bottle of water. Okay so I went to the gas station and bought the same exact one for $0.89 and there you have it. I’m sure that $4.61 mark-up is worth not having me back……EVER.

  4. Joyce McClendon

    If you are staying in an area where the water is not safe, buy your bottled water BEFORE you get to the hotel. Buy it at a grocery store, that way it’s cheap.

  5. Sharry Lennon

    The front desk demands a credit card. The next day a call comes from the credit card asking if I used the card at a big box store 100 miles away. So I’m fearful of giving the credit card to the motel, but i have no choice.

  6. Sonja Fallow

    Would it be so hard for Disney to have a person check the hotel room after the cleaning staff has been in there. If the flyers are there… fire that cleaning person.

  7. Sydney Nowak

    Some good advice but I can never understand why people are so willing to give their credit card info over the phone! Bring some cash and pay for the pizza with cash!

  8. If the hotel needed your credit card information, they would have gotten it at check in. I have never paid for a pizza over the phone. I have always paid cash to the delivery person. I wouldnt have it any other way.

  9. Berna Goodwin

    Two things I always do when I get to a hotel: unplug the phone and unplug the clock. For an emergency, I have my cell phone, for the time and an alarm, I have my cell phone. If the hotel has a problem with something, it can wait until morning – and, come to think of it, they have my cell phone number.

  10. Lynn Hayes

    What I don’t understand is how someone would know the moment you checked in and your room number to call and say there is a problem with your credit card. They would have to be standing in the lobby listening or have someone on the inside.

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