pizza leaflet scam on motel

United States
June 28, 2011 8:27pm CST
I heard this news about those pizza leaflet scam arose again which mainly targeted at Florida tourists' areas. The perpetrator would leave a pizza leaflet on the motel doorknob, when people are hungry, and want to order pizza, they pick up the phone and call the scamster. Then the scamster would take the customers' credit card number, and instantly route the credit card numbers to foreign country for God knows what they would do with it. At the end, the pizza never show up, and people keep on busy calling their credit card company for the illegal transaction. So, that might serve as warning to people do not trust those leaflet. Or you can verify its legitimacy from the receptionist at the front desk.
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@toniganzon (48524)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
That's horrible! It's so sad sometimes that smart people use their talent for fooling others. They cheat, they ruin other people's lives and they don't even have conscience. People should be made aware of this kind of modus operandi. It's really scary when all of a sudden your credit card bill would charge you thosuands of dollars.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
Definitely a scary experience, and we should be aware of it, when you are on a trip. Because when you are about having fun, you would take your guard off from those scamsters.
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@toniganzon (48524)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
OH yes! There are similar schemes like this one in our country and the usual victims are old people. I wish lightning would strike those shameless and ruthless good to nothing scumbags.
@bmorehouse1 (1029)
• United States
29 Jun 11
Oh my I just had a horrible thought. What if the receptionist at the hotel desk is in on the deal! I guess if its a reputable hotel that surely would not happen. Wonder what happens if you call that number back when your pizza never arrives? The world is full of people that you can't trust nowadays.
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• United States
29 Jun 11
I heard about this and I think it is terrible that there are so many scams out there. It is sad that this day and age you cannot trust any companies. I know in Idaho there are door to door sales people who come to people's houses and try to hurt you. They have caught a couple of people, but not everyone involved. I also hate the scammers who try to take advatage of the elderly.
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@veronizm (909)
• Philippines
29 Jun 11
Oh my! That's terrible! Yes people shouldn't trust just any leaflet, and not just leaflets but any service that requires credit card numbers on the phone. We can't even trust putting it in the internet, let alone telling it on the phone! Thanks for sharing this. It's good that people will be aware of these scams and not fall into the trap. I'm just hoping that those who are responsible will be reprimanded.
• Malaysia
29 Jun 11
Hi kingparker..never heard of such scam!!thanks for sharing this info. what a brilliant scam. taking advantage on people when they are hungry. if you don't mind, i would like to share this info at my facebook..
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@mindym (979)
• United States
29 Jun 11
If I remember correctly, when my family and I were in Florida a few years back, the hotel we stayed at had a warning listed in the room's hotel book regarding a scam like this. Maybe it is the same one. It is so irritating and sad that anyone could do this. But clearly they know that people, especially travelers who are not familiar with the area, get hungry and will jump on an opportunity to order a pizza that will be delivered. It would be in anyone's best interest to ask the front desk to make sure the food you are ordering is going to be from a legitimate company.
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
31 Jul 11
thanks for the heads up I live in Florida. But I usually go to the store and order my own and pick it up myself so I don't have to wait so long to get one delivered. And I figure its cheaper for me to pick it up than having to pay for tipping for delivery.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
21 Jul 11
Good thing you psoted this--there are many scams out there, and the best way of fighting them is to spread the word as much as possible. This one is particularly nasty because it targets people who are on vacation and who may not be as cautious as they would be in their own area of the world. The hotel association should be made aware of this scam, too, and notify its member hotels to be on the lookout for these leaflets, so they can remove them and report the scam to the authorities. Thanks for the informative post!
• United States
30 Jun 11
That's sad to hear. This is another reason I refuse to pay with a credit card for things over the phone. I feel bad for those who've got scammed with this, and all they wanted was a pizza. Definitely always check the front desk for local places that deliver rather than trust whatever is on your door.
@dfollin (12510)
• United States
29 Jun 11
Oh MY! Scammers are getting you everywhere.I live in Virginia and am living in a hotel and we have not had that problem.....yet,anyway.