Room service scams cost a family $6,000

Thanks to platforms like TikTok, it doesn’t take much for a video to go viral. It is mainly about timing and delivery. Even the most mundane video clips can bring in millions of viewers.

If you dig through the silly and sometimes even dangerous challenges, you can find content that proves to be helpful. A TikTok user posted a viral video claiming to fall asleep in less than two minutes. Does it work? Tap or click here for our report.

Another helpful TikTok video that recently went viral tells a story about a room service scam that cost a family thousands of dollars. Read on to learn more about this tricky scam and ways to avoid falling victim.

Here’s the backstory

TikTok user Ali Koca posted a video warning about a hotel room service scam at the time of writing almost 2 million views.

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The video begins with a picture of a Holiday Inn Express, although the hotel where the incident took place has not been named. A family staying at the hotel ordered room service from a menu that had slipped under their door. The father paid for room service from his bank card.

After an hour of waiting for the food, the father called the front desk to inquire about his order. The receptionist told him that the hotel never received an order from him.

The father logged into his bank account and found that more than $6,000 had been withdrawn since he placed his room service order. It turned out that the room service menu the family had ordered, shoved under the door of their hotel room, was fake.

Don’t fall for this scam

The lesson to take here is that you need to call or visit the front desk to order room service food. And if you’re using a room service menu, confirm it’s legit with the hotel.

Remember that a hotel should not ask for your payment details when you order room service. The bill must be charged to your room.

Whether you’re in a hotel or not, don’t trust material that could come from thieves. Recent scams like this include fake QR codes on parking meters, advertisements, posters, restaurant and bar menus, and more.

When you scan a fraudulent QR code, you will be taken to a fake website that steals your financial information. Be careful and double check the URL and site to make sure they are authentic. Do not make payments through a site that you have found via a QR code.

Tap or click here to learn more about QR code scams and how to avoid them.

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