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Ptown PD warns of scam at lodging establishments

PROVINCETOWN – A potential scam was brought to the attention of Provincetown Police recently. Apparently hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses may be receiving calls to their front desk in which an anonymous party asks to speak with a guest in a certain room. Once the person is transferred to the room, the caller poses as a member of the hotel staff and asks for the guest’s credit card number. Here are several tips the police department want to pass out in order to avoid any potential victims of this scam:

  1. Hotel employees should verify the caller knows the name of the person they are attempting to contact as well as provide a phone number and name.
  2. Customers of hotels and guesthouses are urged never to give out credit card information over the phone. Go down to the desk and ask to speak with a hotel employee.
  3. Never under any circumstances should staff give out any information regarding length of stay, vehicle, name or even how many guests are in a particular room.

As always, any instances of this can be reported to the Provincetown Police Department at 508-487-1212.
Media release furnished by Provincetown Police