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Yes, many hotels, car rental places, and gas and resturants, will put in a higher intial amount when they first charge your account, because that way if you charge more than orignally thought they have that money anyways basically, but then after 3 days or so it gets reduced down to whatever it is you were charged.

In this case, more than 3 days had passed. It should never have shown up on my bank statement, the statement was issued more than a week later. This was almost certainly a scam.

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