What information is contained on the magnetic strip of a hotel key-card?
Don’t worry, there’s nothing to it. I got that e-mail to & checked it out at truthorfiction.com. Here’s what they have to say: Summary of the eRumor A warning that key cards issued to hotel or motel guests as room keys are being used for identity theft. The story says that Southern California Law Enforcement professionals discovered that some hotel room keys include the guest’s name, credit card information, and other data that could be used for identity theft. The Truth Hotels and resorts are increasingly issuing credit card-looking “key cards” to guests instead of traditional metal keys for use in opening the doors to guest rooms. That’s increased security for guests since metal keys could be easily duplicated and most of them had the number of the room stamped on them making it easy for a stolen or lost key to be used for entry. The key cards do not have any visible indication of what room they open. They also have a magnetic strip on the back that can be programmed, for example, wi