Motel Receipts With Complete Credit Card Numbers, Dumped

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Bundles of credit card receipts from a Super 8 Motel in Lamar were discovered in Lamar's landfill, complete with account numbers, names, addresses and signatures.

The receipts have everything a crook needs to charge thousands of dollars onto someone's credit card.

Nina Kinney lives in Pueblo. She and her husband stayed at the Super 8 Motel in Pueblo a couple of years ago. Their names and address was among the pile, but not their credit card information because they paid cash.

"We expect them to handle that safely and with proper manor. It's upsetting and disappointing," said Kinney.

11 News went to the Super 8 Motel to get answers.

Jane Lupp, Super 8 Motel Clerk said, "All of our receipts are sent to the owner in Canon City," Lupp also told 11 News.

Lupp says those receipts come back to Lamar and go straight into storage.

"They were cleaning out that storage the other day and those are not the boxes that should have gone into the trash. Evidently one got in there," said Lupp.

But it wasn't just one box, there were at least three of them.

"I'm sure it was accidental," said Lupp.

"It's kind of hard to believe that it was just an accident," counters Kinney.

Lupp says, normally they shred all old receipts. "I don't know how it happened. We will certainly make sure it doesn't happen again," said Lupp.

The receipts were discovered by a Lamar man who turned them over to 11 News.

If you've stayed at Lamar's Super 8 Motel in the last few years, you may want to change your credit card number.


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  • by Susan Location: Toronto on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    I don't think that because of one incedent we should lose confidence in credit cards. They are much more convenient and usable than cash. For example my husband is a wheelchair user and he is so glad that he doesn't need to carry cash with him, credit cards are his blessing. So let's not write such phrases like "Big Brother etc." and give due to the technical progress.
  • by Susan Location: Toronto on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:24 AM
    I don't think that because of one incedent we should lose confidence in credit cards. They are much more convenient and usable than cash. For example my husband is a wheelchair user and he is so glad that he doesn't need to carry cash with him, credit cards are his blessing. So let's not write such phrases like "Big Brother etc." and give due to the technical progress.
  • by Alan LIvingston Location: Manchester on Feb 19, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    Janny from Seattle, I think that you are right. We do not control our money, we do not control our homes, we do not control our lifes. Cards are convinient, but they turn us into slaves of banks and system. "The Big Brother is watching you"...
  • by Janny Location: Seattle on Oct 16, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    What a shame.. Maybe we should return those times when everybody only used cash? Now everything depends on electronics, and it's dangerous by nature. We all get used to cards 'cos it's convenient, but it is also obvious that we do not fully control our money..
  • by MariaS Location: NY on Sep 13, 2010 at 01:35 AM
    I'm interested, who offered these people to announce such secret information as the credit card number?! It's illegal and should be punished by the justice. Any swindler can use this information to cheat in financial sphere. For example, he can take no credit check loans.
  • by Charley Location: Los Angeles on Jul 11, 2010 at 03:32 AM
    Very important to guarantee credit card security. Especially when when it says about debts that people want to get out. They consolidate credit card debt online and don't bother about anything. Let's be careful!
  • by Hailey0 Location: Pennsylvania on Jun 28, 2010 at 03:25 AM
    I agree with you PaulG44, but we can't be so afraid of purchases in the internet nowadays. I mean there will be always some accidents because in the real word they happen too. I don't know how we can stop credit card number dumping from hotels or motels for example. People just have to be more careful and not store all the numbers in one place. I remember reading the same story about one Pennsylvania loan lenders company losing numerous credit card numbers of their clients few weeks ago. However that story ended in a good way - all numbers were found and nobody had used them. Just be more careful, try to secure such important things and everything will be great.
  • by PaulG44 Location: Jersey on Jun 14, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    This is a thing why I don't like making payouts using my credit cards in small stores and hotels. There is also a scare that someone may steal the database and your CC number will be in the internet after few weeks. I mean you can easily see where the security is poor and that's all. I remember reading the similar story about one bigger hotel where those numbers were stolen too. I personally can't imagine why it is so difficult to keep them securely. Moreover I would say that it is the main reason why some people are afraid to buy something in the internet. There are so many scams out there that sometimes it is even hard to believe in it. I remember taking paycheck cash advance through the internet few months ago. Before taking it, I had read about this store for few days and when I felt absolutely safe about that store - only then I have made a purchase. Thanks for the informative article by the way. Be careful!
  • by BradN Location: Lithuania on Dec 13, 2009 at 02:09 PM
    It is real craziness. Those credit card numbers must be stored in absolute secret. Such situations can't be real at all. If my credit card number would become public I would definitely go to court. Thanks for the interesting article though. Sincerely, Brad Nickson from payday loans online
  • by Charlie Location: UT on Apr 7, 2008 at 08:06 AM
    So, is Super 8 offering ANYTHING to these people whose information they breached?? Free credit reporting services for one year is STANDARD for any company who exposes information, so the people they violated can keep track of any identity theft that happens as a result of the error. Are they planning to offer ANY relief at all?
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