Hi. I am traveling to Zoetry Agua Punta Cana for a wedding in October. My friend is using a destination wedding service to facilitate the hotel booking (at a discount to us, at a fee to the wedding service company). On the Zoetry website, you can book via the online form (with a credit card) with a disclaimer about your information not being used for other purposes, etc.
However, the wedding services company is requesting (via a very unprofessional word document) that we provide all this information, PLUS a copy of the front and back of the credit card AND a copy of photo ID to be faxed or emailed. OR the use of a wire transfer to an arbitrary Dominican account.
Obviously this has raised some red flags, and while I want to get the discounted rate, I also want to protect my identity. Is this legal for them to ask for that kind of information (copies of the card/id)? I know wire transfers are common in scams...so I am definitely leery of that. Any advice welcome!