The hotel bill fraudsters are at it again.
A woman staying at the Meridian Plaza told Myrtle Beach police she noticed a suspicious purchase on her account after she provided her credit card information to a man who claimed he was with the hotel.
The woman said an unknown man called her hotel room phone stating that her “payment could not be processed and that he needed her card information again,” according to a police report. “The victim provided that information to the male and hung up the phone.”
The woman said she noticed a transaction with Boost Mobile when she later checked her account information. Bank officials said the location of the transaction could not be confirmed because it was made online and not at a store, according to the report.
The front desk clerk at the hotel told police that many people have reported receiving similar calls. The clerk also said that the hotel’s phone system would “allow anyone to call, type in a room number and be connected to any particular room,” according to the report.
Police say the clerk put up a sign advising guests to check with the front desk in person before providing any financial information over the phone.