Published: May 09, 2013 8:00 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Authorities say scammers are targeting vacationers and business travelers by calling their hotel room with a con made popular in large resort cities.

According to investigators the crooks call the hotel guest's room claiming to be from the front desk and alert the victim something went wrong with their credit card, requesting to verify the card numbers and security code.

Without thinking some guests at the Hilton Garden Inn off University Drive fell for the con.

"It's usually happening right when you get in or before you go out to dinner, you're exhausted you don't want to go to the front desk. Or the calls come in the morning when you're rushing to get to your destination," said Stacey Payne with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they have traced some of the purchases made on the victim's bank accounts to south Florida.

Experts say hotel employees should never contact your room by phone to verify information and reccommend if you have any questions about the legitimacy of a request to go directly to the hotel's front desk.