I attempted to make reservations for six (6) people for a fairly new family run Italian restaurant for dinner. I received a response back that I would have to complete a "Credit Card Authorization Form" if I wanted to keep the reservation. After reading the form, I declined to complete the form and fax it back to the restaurant.
The form wanted my full name, credit card number, expiration date and security code. If I were not to show up, I would be charged $40.00 per person. The owner also stated that this is a common practice in Aruba and most of the restaurants do require this during the high season.
Did anyone ever hear of this before? I have been to many high-end restaurants here in Aruba during high season with six or more people and I have never been asked for this before. This is also not a secure way of providing your credit card information especially giving them the 3 or 4 digit security code from your card.