A guest at an Indianapolis hotel says a scammer tricked him into thinking he was talking to a hotel employee before stealing $1,200 from his bank account.
The man was staying at the Days Inn near the Indianapolis International Airport when he got the phone call about two hours after checking in. According to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the caller identified himself as the assistant manager and said the hotel’s computer system had lost his debit card number.
The guest initially declined to give the man that information, saying he didn’t like to give his debit card number over the phone. The caller knew the guest’s name and also identified the manager’s name, the report said. When the caller threatened to kick the guest out of his room if he didn’t turn over the information, the guest gave up his debit card number.
He then went to the front desk to talk to the manager, who said there was no problem with the computer system or credit card transactions. The guest tried to cancel his debit card, but found out $1,200 was missing from his account.
The victim told police he remembered seeing a person at the front desk when he checked in. The individual appeared to be another guest who had a child with him, but the guest said the man may have been listening to his information while he was checking in.
Police haven’t made any arrests.