Travel Tip of the Day: The Hotel Food Delivery Scam

This menu is legitimate and provided by the Hudson Hotel in NYC

This menu is legitimate and provided by the Hudson Hotel in NYC

Hotel Food Delivery Scam
Keeping with the scam theme from last week (see Wednesday’s and Thursday’s), here’s another one to look out for. Don’t ever order food from a non-hotel menu that was slipped under your hotel room door because it’s most likely a scam. Believe it or not, there are thieves out there who create takeout flyers with very reasonable prices to entice you to call and order from them. When you call to order, they’ll ask for your credit card number and name—which they can then use for their own purchases.

Don’t order from menus slipped under your door. Instead, ask the front desk for takeout menus or look restaurants up online.



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9 Comments on "Travel Tip of the Day: The Hotel Food Delivery Scam"

  1. Robert Martin | July 28, 2014 at 10:04 am | Reply

    As usual, you are about the last to warn of this well known problems. I suppose your tips are useful to someone who has never traveled.

    • I travel quite often for work and honestly never thought about this. Perhaps Robert Martin should start his own travel website and impart his wisdom on the masses? Or just go away and never come back.

    • Robert: Dick much?

  2. I love reading these tips, but mostly I browse through them and already know them. This one was completely new to me. It seems so obvious but I guess that is why it is such a great scheme. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Oh my god!


    How the thieves can go in the put the menu ay?

    It is really terrible in the security.

    I think this is a really good one.

    Can I re blog it?

    I really want to share this scam to everyone so they can avoid it.

    Thanks so much

  4. I’ve got a few miles under my belt and this was a total wake up call. Thanks Johnny!

  5. All my time traveling I never thought about this! Good call out!

  6. I have travelled Europe to Asia and never heard of it….. thanks for the tip.

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