BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Guests at a few downtown Baltimore area hotels say they were contacted by potential credit card scammers.

The callers identified themselves as hotel “night auditors” and said they were double-checking the guests’ credit card information on their reservation, discovered an error and were offering a 30 percent discount on the room rate and a complimentary lunch for the inconvenience. To correct the mistake, the caller then requested the guests’ credit card information. 

The calls were made very late at night or in the early morning. Guests reported the voices as male and female, sounding African-American.  The male voice may have had a southern accent. 

Baltimore Police Department officials urge everyone to be aware of the high-potential for scams when providing credit card information over the phone. Police say never give your credit card account number out over the phone unless you initiated the call.

Comments (4)
  1. ha-ha says:


  2. Calling you out, WJZ idiots! says:

    I’ve always known WJZ-TV to be the most unprofessional news organization that I’ve ever seen in my life. Not only did they inacurately describe the dogs in the attack on the little Dundalk girl as being “Pitt Bullls” in their quest for sensationalism when they were actually American Bull Dogs, they have just unleashed one of the worst racial stereotypes of all–that you can accurately describe someone’s race just by how they sound. I have encountered many situations where I felt that someone was White when in all actuality, they were Black! Yes, smart and very articulate. I have also confused someone on the phone as being Asian when they were actually Hispanic. “Calling all cars: WJZ says the assailants sound Black. Put up road blocks and stop all Black people. Yes, all Blacks. See if they talk like Black people and if they do, arrest them. They got to be guilty.” WJZ, you are morons!

  3. SMH says:

    Hahahahaha…”Sounding African American”. How can you sound a race, for that stupid fact alone they probably won’t find the people because they are probably another race. SMH

  4. Joseph Pearl says:

    Thanks for keeping up on this credit card scam stuff. Very important to know as a consumer attorney.

    Joseph Pearl
    Bakersfield Bankruptcy Attorney

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