LEE COUNTY, Fla.- While it's peak vacation time, it's also time to be on high alert for scammers.
Hotel managers tell WINK News that during the month of March, more con-artists are trying to take advantage of guests.
"The snowbirds are down, spring training is in full swing, and the hotels are at their highest occupancy," said John Lai, vice president of the Lee County Hotel Association. "When people are on vacation, they tend to let their guard down a little bit and become more trusting."
While it's easy to relax at the beach, Lai is warning the public not to fall for a common shell game.
Several instances of scammers calling hotel rooms, posing as front desk employees and asking for credit card information, have been reported.
Lai said that with the advent of automated answering systems in hotel, it is easy for someone to call room after room.
"A hotel employee would never call a guest and ask for anything over the phone," Lai said.
Lai advises potential victims to tell the caller that they will come down to the front desk and deal with the matter in person.
"It's critical to understand that while we do live in paradise, there are people who will take advantage of that," Lai said.