Ever wondered what’s 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
Customer's credit card number and expiry date!
Never even thought about key cards containing
anything other than an access code for the room!
When you return them 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
But until the card is rewritten for the next
guest, its usually kept in a drawer at the front
desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!
line is: Keep the cards, take them home with
you or destroy them.
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
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 and it erases everything
on the card.
Information courtesy of: Metropolitan Police
PLEASE FORWARD to friends and family .