A Stolen Credit Card & A Good Samaritan: A Heartwarming Hospitality Industry Story

This is a true story. My credit card was stolen. This was one of those situations where the info had been stolen but I still had my physical credit card, safely tucked away in my wallet.

The thing that makes this story so great is how the theft was discovered.

Many Indian people own hotels and motels across the United States. And many of them also operate and manage their own properties. And that’s how my stolen credit card was discovered. The man working registration at a hotel in Anaheim, California was Indian and when a non-Indian man presented a credit card with the name, “Samta Jain”, he knew something was wrong. He confiscated the card and contacted my credit card company, who then informed me. Up to that point I had no idea about the theft.

I was grateful that the good samaritan contacted the credit card company instead of only confiscating the card, otherwise the thief probably would have kept making more bogus charges to my card.

{How Did The Hotel Staff Member Know The Card Was Stolen,
Just From My Name?}

Indian last names bear information  = region of India > religion > language. My maiden name “Jain” communicates:

  • Northern India
  • Jain religion
  • Hindi and/or Punjabi speaking

AND, any Indian person would know that “Samta” is a feminine name…and the thief was a man. So it was unlikely that the non-Indianman, coincidentally had my name too.

{Tips for Venue Catering Executives}

Indian people already know this about names. So how can I help you learn it, so that you can relate to your clients when you’re doing site visits for Indian weddings? ShaadiShop has published these guides specifically for Catering Execs:

  1. Last names guide – common last names by region and religion
  2. Indian wedding cheat sheet – setups/venue needs by South Asian religion
  3. Punjabi wedding traditions – guide for Catering Executives

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“We’re so glad we joined ShaadiShop to market this hotel to the South Asian community in the Orange County area. Every wedding we close from their leads returns more than 3x our investment. Moreover, they pre-qualify leads and educate consumers creating a much better sales cycle for our catering team. Venues looking to reach this market, join ShaadiShop!”


Ryan Hurd
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Angie Florence
Catering Sales Manager
Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort

“Cannot say enough good things about the service from Samta and ShaadiShop who helped us research venues for our wedding this year. We wanted a non-hotel venue, and to get married within 6 months. ShaadiShop immediately found us venues, contacted them and educated us about all the things we needed to think about while selecting a venue. They put all the info together in a fabulous, super impressive, spreadsheet that helped us compare venues – seriously amazing and such a great help. Working with them made the whole stressful process MUCH easier and I can’t believe it was all free! ShaadiShop’s website is fantastic and such a great service for South Asians – so glad I found them!”

Anjli Shah, Bride

“Shaadishop helped me not only find venues but also understand how they work, the fees, and tips that I wouldn’t have otherwise known. Definitely a need service in the desi community. And best of all, it was free!!”

Hinna Shaikh, Bride

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