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ID check request from a hotel????

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We are going to have like 7 nights holiday in Paris. I booked the rooms with three different hotels tonight. One of them is Accor, the other one is a boutique hotel with very good review on expedia and the last one is an apartment-like hotel.

I received an email from the last hotel and it requested me to fill in an ID check form. Here is their reason for asking me to do this:

"Due to the increase of credit card fraud on Internet and to prove your identity, we kindly ask you to complete and sign the enclosed credit card authorization form and return it to us by email or fax with a copy of a passport, an ID-card or a driving license within 24H, otherwise we will proceed to the cancellation of your reservation."

On the form, i have to fill in my address (i am from Australia) and phone number. They already had my credit card details including the security number.

I did fill the form and send it back, but i have not send a copy of my passport or any ID-card to them.

I have travelled to different countries and booked with all sorts of hotels (from 5-stars to motels). This is the first time I am asked to fill such a document. I think it is really ridiculous. More importantly, I feel uncomfortable to disclose so much personal details to a stranger on the other side of the world.

I would like to hear your opinions if what i have been asked to do is quite common in Europe? Should I do as they request? Thank you.

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