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Hotel group warns of credit card scheme

January 26, 2012

The Accommodation Association of Australia recently alerted customers regarding a credit card fraud scheme involving hotel telemarketers.

The Accommodation Association of Australia recently alerted customers regarding a credit card fraud scheme involving hotel telemarketers.

The hotel trade group said in a statement that a minimum of eight customers had their credit card information stolen and as a result had fraudulent charges made in their names. The AAA said that the total amount stolen as part of the crime ring was around $11,500.

The head of the AAA, Richard Munro, said that people need to be careful of offers that seem too good to be true, according to Hospitality magazine.

“The loyalty membership is offered at a heavily discounted amount – around $20, instead of the usual cost of around $300 – and unsuspecting consumers have been providing their credit card details, only to have thousands of dollars placed on their cards minutes later, Monro told the news source. “Up to five people per day are being caught by the scam and the accommodation industry is moving to try to ensure that no further Australians fall victim to this criminal practice.”

The hotel industry is just one of many sectors that need to protect consumers from potential fraud by adhering to Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. By achieving PCI compliance, companies can protect client data.

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