is pretty good info. Never even thought about hotel key cards
containing anything other than an access code for the room!
Did you 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!
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.
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.
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!
bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you, or
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!
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