Be very wary of flyers for pizza and other delivery food that may appear under your hotel door. There’s a decent chance such offers are nothing but a scam, even if you do get your pizza.
Hotel Pizza Scam Entices Hungry Guest
Consumer-advocate Christopher Elliott stares of the plight of Mary Munez. She was in Miami (of course) and returned to her hotel room one evening famished after a long day’s work. There was a flyer underneath her door that appeared to be a local pizza parlor. “Without thinking twice” she called and ordered pizza.
Two hour later the pizza showed up…in a Domino’s Pizza box. That would have been a huge red flag, not to mention Domino’s is often not better than the cardboard box it is served in.
Then the credit card charges started to appear…first a few $0.35 charges each hour, then larger and more frequent charges.
Thankfully, Munez has credit card fraud protection, but it still created a headache…and left her hungry.
How To Avoid Scams
I know many people who have fallen into airline-related scams before. I’ve encountered taxi scams all over the world. Scammers tried to rip off my grandmother in an elaborate hoax.
So how do you avoid scams? Just admonishing you to “be discerning” seems a bit unhelpful.
In the case of the hotel pizza scam, the telltale sign was the Domino’s pizza box. But Munez could have started by googling the number on the flyer. Sometimes it is not so obvious. You have to be prepared to stand up for yourself. Say you have a pushy cab driver who laments that his “meter is broken.” Just get out. Don’t even bother.
If someone approaches you asking for help in a tourist area, ignore them. They are likely targeting you.
There’ also legal scams too like hotel resort fees, fuel surcharges, undisclosed fees at restaurants (like pandemic-related fees), and credit card fees. That’s a whole different beast…
I do see more hotels and especially limited-service motels including takeaway options in the room. But be wary of flyers placed under your door and google telephone numbers or the name of restaurants before you call them. Most importantly, use a credit card rather than debt card or cash to pay for your items (this is true in almost any context, as far as I am concerned). And insist upon good pizza!
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