While the running joke about wildly overpriced food and snacks at fancy hotels still stands, one unsuspecting family lost over $6,000 when they ordered some eats to their room while lodging at a well-known inn. TikToker Ali Koca shared the story of a family staying in a hotel who decided to order room service. After calling the phone number on what they believed to be the hotel’s room service line, the family placed their food order and provided credit card information to the presumed staffer over the phone.
… They waited over an hour and a half, and no food was delivered. Someone called the front desk to ask where the order was, but they told him they never got an order from his room. The man logged in to his online bank to find that more than $6,000 of his money had just been withdrawn.
… The room service menu they ordered from was slid under the door. Scammers will slip a fake room service menu under your door, hoping you’ll order from it. And once you give them your card info, they can log into your account and take out all the money they want.
… A frequent business traveler on Reddit says fake hotel menus aren’t the only problem: “Most occupants are from out of town and some scammers will slip fake pizza restaurant or Chinese restaurant menus under doors. These are made to look very enticing with low prices and promises of ‘free delivery’. But of course when you call the number, you’re giving your credit card to a scammer.”