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scan of credit card requested by hotel - is this ok?

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I'm trying to make an advance booking for a hotel in London - they have requested a scan of both sides of my credit card in order to confirm the booking. Is this normal? I don't feel at all comfortable sending this information, but happy to be reassured if it's completely normal. Thank you...

Pascha Mon 21-Jan-13 16:02:35

I've never sent a scan. A card number should be enough surely, same as any advance booking?

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 21-Jan-13 16:07:48

I've never sent a scan either and I travel a lot for work. confused You should be able to give them the details over the phone or book online. They'll swipe it when you arrive but a scan sounds a bit odd.

Yes that's exactly what I thought hmm I emailed them to say as much but they have replied still requesting the scan. I am inclined to find a different hotel, but it means I have to change things around which is really irritating.

Pascha Mon 21-Jan-13 16:14:49

Oh I would definitely be changing hotel. Its not worth the suspicion turning into reality is it?

No, I agree, it's all a bit odd. Thank you!

TheCrackFox Mon 21-Jan-13 16:40:57

Very odd. I would change hotels.

PixieHot Mon 21-Jan-13 20:29:34

I wouldn't like that at all. I already hate giving my card details over the phone.

Duritzfan Mon 21-Jan-13 20:49:28

I wouldn't do it either ...

bran Mon 21-Jan-13 20:54:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

JethroTull Mon 21-Jan-13 21:03:56

It's not ok. Tell them it's not PCI compliant (payment card industry). They should accept the card number. If its for pre payment you should be able to call & give the number over the phone.

charlearose Tue 22-Jan-13 18:45:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

lizzywig Wed 23-Jan-13 06:18:33

I used to be a PA & during this time booked a lot of hotels for other people. I was regulary asked to send a scan of the persons card that I was using. However they also sent a form that needed to be signed by the card owner. I can't remember the reasons, I think it was because I was using their card to make a booking & the hotel were taking precautions against fraud. Look at the booking info on their website and see if there's any mention of providing a card in advance. Are you paying in advance or departure?

Although I have been asked this countless times when at work, I've never been when using my card for a personal nature and wouldn't want to either.

Girlspeed Fri 01-Feb-13 14:52:48

Definitely not acceptable - which Hotel is it?

It is probably against card scheme (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX) rules to do this and also its not PCI secure.

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