Is your summer vacation putting you at risk for Identity Theft?
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Whether you’re planning a once in a lifetime tour of Europe or a weekend camping trip, it’s important to be aware of Identity Theft before you embark on your adventure. After all, the last thing you want to think of as you are relaxing on the beach with your toes in the sand is whether or not your money is safe.
Here are some ways to prevent identity theft on vacation:
Let Numerica know if you’ll be traveling, especially if you’re leaving the country. Numerica is vigilant about detecting unusual activity on your card. Your card may be blocked if we notice unusual transactions, so avoid the hassle and notify us before you leave home.
Secure your mail while you’re gone. Stop your mail at the post office before you leave for an extended period. Your mail can be a treasure trove for identity theft criminals looking for your personal information.
Be mindful what you post on social media. We’ve already covered some ways social media can be used to steal your identity, but if you haven’t checked it out, take a look.
Weed out your wallet. Tourist destinations are often a haven for pickpockets, so go through your wallet and take out any unneeded credit cards and personal information before you leave. The fewer sensitive documents you have, the fewer chances that they could be stolen. Take only the cards you think you will need and leave your Social Security card at home.
Be careful on public Wi-Fi spots. Hackers may be able to access public networks and see information you send, including bank account numbers, logins and passwords.
Don’t leave personal information lying around your hotel room. Keep your credit cards and other important information with you or lock them up in the hotel safe.
Install phone-tracker software. If your device goes missing, you may be able to use “find my phone” or similar software to pinpoint its location and retrieve it. Enabling lock screens on your electronics is another way to prevent your information from falling into the wrong hands.
Be careful around ATMs. Look before you swipe. Before using the ATM, check for exposed wires, bulkiness where you would insert your card and anything that looks odd. These are signs of a skimming device that can lift the data from your card.
If anything sets off a fraud bell, look into it immediately and contact Numerica at 800.433.1837.