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Jacksonville woman scammed at hotel during Hurricane Arthur


JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- A 72-year-old woman who fled to a Jacksonville hotel during Hurricane Arthur says she was scammed out of her personal information by someone posing as a hotel manager.

WCTI-TV in New Bern reports the woman, who asked not to be identified, said she got a call in her room from someone saying they were the hotel's general manager and that they were missing information from her reservation.

The woman said she gave the caller her credit card number, then went to the front desk to ask for the person who called her. The attendant said no one by that name worked there.

According to the woman, her credit card was used twice within an hour after the call.

The hotel's actual general manager wasn't immediately available for comment Thursday.

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This happens many times every day. Mine was stolen a few years ago from a nice hotel in Raleigh. It was skimmed by an employee at check in. It wasnt used until I checked out.

1 hour after I left there it was used at a sleazy motel in Va, twice in Ga. at AutoZone and then in Tx at Sams club for over 4,000 dollars, it was flagged there and the charge didnt go through. I knew exactly where the card was skimmed because it was only used for the hotel in Raleigh and had not been used for almost a year before that. I called the manager at said hotel and told him about it, never heard back.

The scam isn't the real story here

The real story here is that someone felt the need to flee from Hurricane Arthur.

It could be a simple as a

It could be a simple as a person not being used to dealing with hurricanes and they got scared.

Not to mention only went as

Not to mention only went as far as Jacksonville which was also in the path; Heading WEST for a few Hours would make more sense. The one time I left here (Whichever storm that was that didn't blow up as forecasted) it was bumper to bumper to Raleigh, slow to Greensboro and OK after that to Morganton. Then there was no way HOME for a few days afterwards due to flooded or washed out roads.. After that experience I will take my chances staying right here!


Weather dude/dudette drama can be overwhelming at times to some people but it does sell air time........not to mention bread, milk, ice, batteries, gasoline and hotel rooms.