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October 06, 2021

Safety Expert Warns against Hotel Credit Card Scam and Shares Tips on Action to Take When Targeted

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With con artists lurking in the shadows, one TikToker has taken it upon herself to shine some light on how individuals can protect themselves. A recent video she made about a hotel scam had many praising her for her beneficial advice. 

A safety expert going by Cathy Pedrayes or @cathypedrayes on TikTok posted a clip on her account, warning against a hotel credit card scam. The social media user also expanded on what one should do if someone attempts to trick them. 

She sat on a bed in a hotel pretending to talk on a phone. Using a voice overlay to expand on the issue, Pedrayes stated that if one receives a phone call in the room from someone claiming to be from the desk, purporting that the guest's card has been lost or declined, they should be wary. 

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While "How You Like That" by BLACKPINK played in the background, The TikToker advised her fellow netizens to refrain from giving out their credit card particulars over the phone. Rather, @cathypedrayes stated

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"Hang up and go speak to the front desk in person to report the call and verify your payment." 

The TikTok user acted out the scene, putting the phone down and going to the front desk. The video has gone viral, racking up just under 553,000 likes and around 1000 comments so far. 

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Many remarks consisted of people wondering why she made the clip, claiming her warning as common sense. Others thanked her for the information, with some TikTokers sharing that they had experienced someone attempting to swindle them this way before. One penned

"This happened to me! He tricked me by knowing the exact amount my room service bill was so I trusted it." 

Some commenters shared more tips, one stating that everyone should take their baggage with them no matter where they go in the hotel. A significant number of individuals who claimed to be hotel workers confirmed that Pedrayes' tip was accurate and helpful. 

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Angela Riihiluoma

, an ex-hotel employee, also responded in the affirmative and made a video beforehand on a similar topic. The TikToker expanded on a multitude of situations guests should keep an eye out for a while staying at a hotel.

She then informed the guest that they had hidden five of these fruits in his room.

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The TikTok user advised everyone not to use the coffee machine in their rooms. She explained that many visitors have a penchant for using it as a toilet. 

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IT KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

Beyond urinals, hotel staff has to constantly face a myriad of weird experiences in their daily work. One guest, TikTok user Tommy, chose to push their limits, asking hotel employees, via email, to hide an apple in his room. 

The TikToker claimed that finding this fruit relieved his stress while traveling on the job.  Tommy arrived at the hotel, where the lady at reception giggled, referring to him as the "apple boy."

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She then informed the guest that they had hidden five of these fruits in his room.  The staff had genuinely gone out of their way, with a card on Tommy's bed letting him know about his upcoming treasure hunt. 

Tommy found the first in a microwave, the second underneath pillows, the third in a refrigerator, the fourth in a drawer, and the last in a kettle. It turns out that scams and strange guests are par for the course when working in the hotel industry. 

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