Be wary of this clever scam targeting hotel guests

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- FOX 4's sister station in Memphis, Tenn., WREG, is warning of a really clever scam you'll want to be wary of.

Scammers are apparently targeting hotel guests. They call hotel rooms directly and pretend to be the front desk. Then they say your credit card didn't go through, so they need you to read off the numbers over the phone.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning about this type of scam in July of 2014.

Their warning said:

The scam works when a hotel guest receives a phone call in the wee hours of the morning. The caller claims to be a hotel employee who needs to get your credit card number because:

The hotel encountered a problem processing your credit card and they need to verify your number.

The hotel's computer system has crashed and they need to get your credit card information again.

The hotel's system has crashed and your credit card information is needed for an audit to be conducted shortly.

All plausible scenarios. However, the crooks are counting on catching you while you are sleeping, so you aren't thinking clearly. And they might even offer you a discount on the room for the inconvenience. 

The callers are very convincing. According to hotel guests targeted by this scam, the caller sounds very professional. However, hotels generally handle any questions about billing at the front desk, not over the phone. And they certainly wouldn't be calling you in the middle of the night.