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Friday, March 07, 2008

What you need to know about hotel key cards

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and today I'd like to give you some very important news on those good old hotel key cards.  As many of you get ready to head out on your March break with your kids, it's very important for you to read this article and keep it uppermost in your minds.
The following article is extremely important if you want to keep identity thieves away from you.
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Have a great day and enjoy your March break trip!
I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk.
Hotel Key Cards - do not give them back
for recycling!
 Ever thought about key cards containing anything other than an access code
for the room? 
  Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
 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
 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 is 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 (its 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 everything on
the card.
 Information courtesy of:  Queensland Police Service


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