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Old October 28th, 2003, 03:10 PM
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Subject: ID THEFT Warning (No Rover - Just a Tidbit))

Southern California law enforcement professionals assigned to detect new
threats to personal security issues, recently discovered what type of
information is embedded in the credit card type hotel room keys used
throughout the industry.

Although room keys differ from hotel to hotel, a key obtained from the
"DoubleTree" chain that was being used for a regional Identity Theft
Presentation was found to contain the following the information:

* Customer's (your) name

* Customer's partial home address

* Hotel room number

* Check in date and check out date

* Customer's (your) credit card number and expiration date!

When you turn a key in to the front desk your personal information is
there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the
hotel scanner. An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using
a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go
shopping at your expense.

Simply put, hotels do not erase these cards until an employee issues the
card to the next hotel guest. It is usually kept in a drawer at the
front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!!!!

The bottom line is, keep the cards or destroy them! NEVER leave them
behind and NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check out of a
room. They will not charge you for the card.

Information courtesy of: Pasadena Police Department
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Old October 28th, 2003, 03:27 PM
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Thumbs down Urban Legend

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/hotelkey.asp
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Old October 28th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Nice work!
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Nice work!
No problem. Snopes sends out an update list and that one was at the top last week. That's the only reason I knew about it!
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