Summer’s here and you’re making plans to get out of town. Let me encourage you to take steps to keep your money and identity safe while on vacation. It’s a good idea to be extra cautious when traveling, whether you’re in foreign places or staying here in the US. Plan ahead and follow these tips for preventing identity theft on vacation:
- Never leave your wallet, purse or valuables overly exposed, including in a rental car.
- Resist the urge to lay your phone down. You’re more likely to lose it while on vacation, so take precautions.
- Ensure your phone is password protected, and install an app that will locate it and wipe it clean if lost or stolen.
- Do not trust the staff in your hotel. Many people have access to your room. Do not leave passports, checkbooks, or other personal documents unattended in your room, either.
- Make a copy of your passport to keep on you, and keep the real thing in the hotel safe.
- Don’t give your personal information to a stranger who calls your hotel room and claims to be calling from the front desk.
- Avoid internet cafes other than for web browsing that doesn’t require passwords; they are totally unsecured and there’s a chance your keystrokes will be recorded.
Identity theft is a real threat. Play it safe, and enjoy your vacation.
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