Prevent identity theft while traveling -


Prevent identity theft while traveling

The Federal Trade Commission reports that more than 11 million Americans were the victims of identity theft in a two year period and a lot of the time it's when you're traveling for business or vacation.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself while traveling. Peter Greenberg host the PBS series Travel Detective, he says you should never put documents with personal information in check luggage.

Second, hotel safes are not safe because under innkeeper law in the United States, hotels are absolved of any liability for anything that's taken out of the safe. So if you are going to do anything with your valuables use the safe deposit box behind the front desk.

If your trip is to a foreign country you need to be careful with your money. You need to make sure you keep some financial control of your trip. Never put all your credit cards in one wallet, always photocopy the photo page of your passport and keep it in a separate bag.

Also be careful using cards when dining out it could lead to trouble with a dishonest waiter. Also, don't pull up your statements on public WiFi.

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