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Computer Security Expert:
Beware of these 14 travel scams

1 - 7

Computer Evidence / Computer Forensics Articles

By Scott Greene

As our experts at Evidence Solutions, Inc. travel frequently, we take precautions to be safe as we travel. There are 14 items to share, here are numbers 1 - 7 .

How to Travel Safe - Security Expert Witness

Travel Security

As you travel keep the following scams in mind:

1) Credit Card Info Request / The Late Night Call

This scam is simple: Someone calls you from the “hotel front desk”, sometimes late at night. The caller identifies themselves as a hotel employee and say there is a problem with your credit card information, which you must provide again. Unfortunately it is not a hotel employee at all. It is a scammer trying to trick you into divulging your credit card information. Never give credit card information out over the phone. Let them know you will come down to the front desk and deliver the information. Chances are good the scammer will simply hang up.

2) Sound-alike wireless network

While staying at a hotel you attempt to connect to the wireless Internet. However, when you search for wireless networks on your computer or mobile device, you find other networks with the name of the hotel or something very similar. Unfortunately the network doesn't belong to the hotel. The WiFi connection belongs to a scammer out to steal information that they intercept over the rogue Wi-Fi hotspot. Evidence Solutions, Inc. recommends that you ask the front desk personnel the names of their networks. In higher end hotels, you will also be prompted for a login which will ask for your name and room number which can be an indication that you have connected to the right network.

3) Fake food delivery flyers

A flyer for pizza delivery appears under your hotel door. You call the pizza parlor to place an order which you bill to your credit card. Unfortunately your pizza pie never arrives, and the scammer now has your credit info. Contact the front desk or confirm the restaurant information on the Internet to ensure the restaurant is legitimate before you place your order and insist on paying upon delivery.

4) Computer keystroke logging / monitoring software

As we indicated in our previous article: “How to beef up your travel security & stay safe this summer” hotel business centers are dangerous places to use computers. In a recent alert from the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the departments warned travelers that scammers regularly install so-called keylogging software on computers in hotel business centers. Keylogging software collects login names and passwords which the scammers use to collect personally identifiable information (PII) and gain access to your accounts including: banks, email as well as corporate logins. Evidence Solutions recommends that you assume that everything you type is being recorded and read by someone else for nefarious purposes.

5) Room Maintenance

The scam works like this: You receive a call from a person claiming to be part of hotel maintenance staff. They indicate that there is something in your room needs fixing. Once they gain access to your room, they may may swap the door cards or just ransack the room as soon as you have left. Two things we recommend here: 1) Always check with the front desk to make sure the call is legitimate. 2) Unless you really need your room cleaned, Leave out the “Do Not Disturb” sign. Allowing even legitimate hotel personnel access to your personal items is a security risk.

6) Ticketing scams

Each year almost five million people purchase event tickets that turn out to be fraudulent. These include tickets for: concerts, sporting events, theme parks, shows, etc. To be safe, purchase your tickets only from official event websites or approved resellers. Be wary of making purchases from untrusted third parties, classified ad sites and scalpers.

7) Third-Party websites /Search Engine Poisoning

When you want to watch an event online don’t use sites you have never heard of. Third-party websites may be rich in malware which can infect your computer. Choose only the official event website, news websites, and other authentic sources to assure that your computers and mobile devices are not infected and compromised by cybercriminals.

Travel Safe! Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

By Scott Greene

Evidence Solutions, Inc.


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