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Ever wondered what is on your magnetic key card?

Discussion in 'Money Matters' started by meenaprakash, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. meenaprakash

    meenaprakash Silver IL'ite

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    Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?

    Answer:
    a. Customer's name
    b. Customer's partial home address
    c. Hotel room number
    d. Check-in date and out dates
    e. Customer's credit card number and expiration date!

    When you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner.
    An employee can take a hand full of cards home and using a scanning device, access the information onto a laptop computer and go shopping at your expense.

    Simply put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time, the new guest's information is electronically "overwritten" on the card and the previous guest's information is erased in the overwriting process.

    But until the card i s rewritten for the next guest, it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

    The bottom line is:
    Keep the cards, take them home with you, or destroy them. NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket, and NEVER turn them into the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any simple scanning device card reader.

    For the same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic information strip!

    If you have a small magnet, pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everythi ng on the card.

    Information courtesy of: Pasadena Police Department
     
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  2. chatkara_tasty

    chatkara_tasty Bronze IL'ite

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    txs meena for this useful information .
     
  3. sunikris

    sunikris Bronze IL'ite

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    Thanku Meena
    U have given very useful info.
    Thanku for posting.
    We got to know some unknown thinngs.

    Regards
    Bye :wave
     
  4. meenaprakash

    meenaprakash Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Heena and SuniK,

    Now it's all magnetic key cards in most of the hotels and I was shocked to read it myself. do share with all your friends so they can be careful.

    Love,
     
  5. shobatharun

    shobatharun Senior IL'ite

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    that was an useful information..thanks alot for sharing it with ILS
     
  6. madras43

    madras43 New IL'ite

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    I don't believe the information is correct. The magnetic card will only have the room #! I travel so much to different parts of the world and I never had a problem. In fact, I leave the card key in the room when I check out!!
     
  7. vids

    vids Senior IL'ite

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    This is an e-rumor. Google a little and you can find out that it is not true!
     

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