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NYPD warns of hotel and E-ZPass scams

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Posted: Friday, August 22, 2014 5:36 pm

The NYPD is warning people of two scams they could possibly become a victim of. One of them is an EZPass phishing scam and the other a hotel credit card scam.

The NYPD advises people to not comply with the instructions if you happen to find yourself in one of these situations. 

The hotel credit card scam happens after you have checked in to your room. You get a call saying your card didn’t go through the first time and asking for your card number and the last three digits on the back of the card. If you get a call to your room, be advised this may not be an employee, but a person from outside of the hotel who called and asked for your room number. Notify the caller that you will clear up any problems downstairs. Then, go to front desk or call and notify them of the situation.

The EZPass scam is involves sending an email to EZPass holders asking them to download a list of unpaid tolls. The email is not one sent out by anyone affiliated with the state Thruway Authority, which asks anyone who has received it to call the customer service hot line at 1 (800) 333-8655. 

The police periodically send out notices of scams it knows people are trying to pull.

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