While the Cat’s Away…Fraudsters Will Prey
Dreaming of an escape from your day-to-day routine, headed to your local beach for a long weekend or off to a more distant locale — traveling presents a risk you may have overlooked: fraud. After all, you’re focused on fun. To ensure maximum enjoyment, don’t let fraud get in the way.
First Things First
Start by planning your trip with fraud protection in mind. After all, fraudsters are always planning ways to take advantage of data. Fraud never takes a break, and your getaway provides a perfect opportunity for scammers to exploit your personal information. Fortunately, having fraud protection services on your side offers considerable peace of mind, but there are several ways you can enhance your protection benefits. In terms of traveling, there are additional data security gaps to look out for.
Before You Go
10 ways to reduce pre-travel stress and ensure a successful trip:
- Unless you have a P.O. box, have your mail held until you return home To avoid scammers intercepting your mail
- Bring one primary credit card With a high enough limit to handle unforeseen issues*
- Take one backup credit card In case you lose the primary card*
- Make copies of the front and back of each credit card you take Keep one copy at home and take one copy with you
- Store your backup card and copies of your cards in a secure spot Either in your hotel in-room safe or your car’s locked glove box
- Traveling abroad? Let your credit card companies know where you’ll be This ensures charges from that location won’t be considered suspicious
- If you haven’t already set up bank alerts, this is a great time to do so Text messages from your institution keep you aware
- Consider paying in cash—or pay by card directly at a register You keep your card in view and avoid card skimming
- Monitor your account Via secure Wi-Fi or by calling your institution to track it
- Look out for any unusual charges even after you return As scammers may wait to use your information
Wherever you go — across town or across the ocean — your vacation is paradise to personal information poachers. Following the travel tips in this article will go a long way toward providing you peace of mind.
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