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Key Card Identity Theft?

By: Ilyssa Trussel
By: Ilyssa Trussel

10-24-06

Identity theft is a serious crime and the hotel industry is taking precautions to keep your identity and your stay safe.

Just a few years ago many hotels encoded room key cards with guests' personal information.

Prospective identity thieves with a card reader were often able to access that data, including credit card numbers. Many local hotel managers have since changed their systems, no longer storing personal data on the key cards.

"Many businesses and industries are taking extra measures in correcting these problems that would enable identities of their customers to be compromised in that fashion," said Detective Rob Waller, a certified fraud examiner at the Leon County Sheriff's Office.

While most hotels have changed their systems, fraud investigators still encourage guests to question hotel clerks about what is stored on the key cards.


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