Here are a few tips to help you protect your identity when you’re traveling:
- Ask a neighbor to pick up your mail for you, or just stop your mail while you’re gone. If thieves see an overflowing mailbox, it’s an invitation for them to take your mail which could contain personal information like your credit card or bank account numbers.
- Be smart about your wallet. Tourists are prime targets for pickpockets. So keep your wallet in harder to reach areas like your front pocket. And if you’re carrying your social security number or important passwords in there, now’s the time to clean out your wallet. Speaking of passwords, make sure your phone or laptop have strong passwords on them. If your devices are lost or stolen, you don’t want to make it easy for thieves to get into.
- Notify your bank and credit card issuer that you’ll be traveling. For your security, some places will deny charges from unexpected locations, so it’s good to let them know in advance. And of course, carefully watch your accounts for any suspicious charges during and right after your trip. Report any unusual activity, no matter how small, to your bank or credit card issuer immediately.
Make sure you travel smart, and travel safe!
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