If you are an out-of-towner who is staying in a hotel, be aware of this ongoing hotel phone scam. One victim in an Econo lodge at Erie Boulevard shared his story. At around 9PM, he got a call from the front desk asking him for a deposit for the phone use. He said that he will go down and pay, but the person talking on the other end said that a hotel employee will just come up to his room and get the deposit. And a minute later, a knock is on his door, the supposed hotel employee was there getting the money from him. The following day, he inquired at the front desk and the lady there said that the hotel never asks for a phone use deposit. He reported the incident to the police promptly and necessary actions were made.
This story should be a cause of alarm to us. Do not just go out of town unless you have a sure accomodation waiting for you. Verify the guest house or hotel where you will stay. Call the numbers of these hotels or guest houses and inquire about all the services they offer. Verifyphone.com offers many contact numbers of hotels and its reviews. You can contact these hotels beforehand and make all necessary arrangements that you are most comfortable with and that you feel you are secure and safe.
Your trip should be something nice to remember, and not a nightmare you would rather forget. So, make all vital arrangements before proceeding with your out of town travel.