September 14th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Is this one new
Sorry, Haven't had time to search yet. Here is the email
If this is true, then this is information worth knowing.
From the Colorado Bureau of Investigation:
"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 "Double Tree" chain that was being used for a regional Identity Theft
Presentation was found to contain the following the information:
a. Customers (your) name
b. Customers partial home address
c. Hotel room number
d. Check in date and check out date
e. Customer's (your) credit card number and expiration date!
When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any e! mployee 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 the information on these cards until an employee re-issues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically "overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.
But until the card is rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!!!!
The bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and
NEVER turn them in to the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (its illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader. For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!
Information courtesy of:
Sergeant K. Jorge,
Pasadena Police Department
September 14th, 2005, 04:14 PM