Preventing Identity Theft When You Travel

Staying Safe From Identity Theft When Away From Home

Vacation is supposed to be fun, so the last thing you should be worried about is identity theft, right? Wrong! In fact, the only time my mother-in-law had ever been the victim of identity theft is when someone from a tourist store stole her credit card information. She remembered it happening because they took a "carbon" of her card and gave her a shady excuse when she asked why. Sure enough, a few days later she had fraudulent charges on that card. Turns out the store employees had been doing that to out-of-towners for quite a while. If you want to stay safe from identity theft when you travel, here are some things to consider.

Traveler's Checks are Not Outdated

First and foremost, traveler's checks are not antiquated and outdated relics of an era gone by. They still serve a purpose. I know plenty of people who don't want to carry cash or their checkbooks when they travel, so they bring traveler's checks with them and a single credit card. That way, if their wallet or purse does get stolen, they only have one credit card to worry about. Their checking account isn't affected at all.

And That Brings Me To This Point...

If you're traveling, please don't take every credit card you own with you. Identity theft criminals would love access to all of your account numbers. If they do manage to steal from you while you're on vacation, at least it will be just one account that is affected. It's a lot simpler to fix one credit card account than it is to fix half a dozen.

Use That Room Safe

When your wallet isn't in your pocket, put it in your room safe. You just never know what can happen. Those room safes are there for a reason. Put it to good use.

By keeping the above things in mind, you'll be better able to avoid any chance of falling victim to identity theft when you travel. After all, you don't want to come back home to a nightmare after you've had a wonderful trip.

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