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Identity thieves target Myrtle Beach hotel guests

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is warning visitors about a new method that identity thieves are using to target hotel patrons.

Identity thieves are calling hotel rooms in the Myrtle Beach area, telling guests that the hotel's computer system is down, and asking them to re-enter their credit card numbers, birthdays and other vital information, according to notices left by the chamber at several hotels.

The Sea Mist Hotel on 12th Avenue South has signs posted in their lobby warning guests about the calls seeking personal information.

"I think it's absurd. I don't know why people would try and do that but if it were to happen to me I wouldn't give them any information," Kenika Larkin said.

Kenika is staying at the Sea Mist for the next two days. She says she's glad the hotel is warning guests.

Over 400 hotels were contacted by the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association after they were warned by police.

"Sometimes it's a missing person, sometimes it's about a robbery, but anything we can get out to them so that our members are aware of the situation," said Stephen Green, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association.

If you get a suspicious call, don't give out your information. Hotels says you should inquire at the front desk.

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