We stayed at the Sheraton for 2 nights before a cruise. The hotel was clean and comfortable and we had a room overlooking the river where we enjoyed watching the students with their boats. We ate all our meals at the hotel and were quite happy with the restaurant there. However - after our stay we had a serious problem.
When we checked in - our room had been paid in advance. My husband was asked to give his charge card in case of incidental expenses - which is normal. What happened next was not normal.
His card was scanned and the receptionist stated his card was not working. Since he had used it without problem 15 minutes previously this raised a question in my mind. He immediately pulled out his back up Visa and after he had done this was told - oh no- your card is working properly now. He put his back up card back in his wallet.
We were alerted to a scam going on in the USA before we travelled there - about cards and passports with reader technology being scanned by crooks. To prevent this happening we had purchased covers to protect our cards and passports. The charge card we were actually using to pay for things at the Sheraton was not interfered with - however the back up card had been scanned there when my husband brought it out.
That is a nice little racket - as most people keep a close eye on their regular charge card but not necessarily on a back up card that they do not use.
We were off on a trans-Atlantic cruise and as internet is by satellite and not good usually in mid-Atlantic - it was well over a week before we bothered to look at our bank and charge card information on our computer.
We found to our shock that almost $1000 had been run up on my husband's back-up card starting on the day we left the hotel and boarded the ship. These were items billed in Tampa and other locations in Florida.
We contacted Visa from the ship and told them what was going on. That card was cancelled immediately and the charges have been reversed. All the companies that had billed will now find their payments cancelled and I sincerely hope that they lay charges against the people who were committing the thefts - as that is exactly what it was - theft.
I feel sure the Sheraton Hotel management is not encouraging this sort of activity but be aware that it is going on in that area.
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- Also Known As:
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