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Archive for Monday, June 23, 2008

Money tip: protect yourself from ID theft on vacation

June 23, 2008

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When you're traveling this summer, don't become a victim of identity theft.

Vacationers are particularly vulnerable to someone stealing information. It's important to stay aware of your surroundings, said Adam Levin, chairman of Identity Theft 911, which makes products to help protect against identity theft.

Levin offers tips for vacationers:

¢ Alert your credit card company. Before you go, tell the company or your bank where you plan to travel. This allows most companies to set up their fraud alert system, which notifies travelers if they are suspected victims of fraud - especially true for international trips.

¢ Leave some cards at home. Take just one, limiting chances of losing a card or allowing one to fall into the wrong hands.

¢ Beware of leaving information in your hotel room. Many people have access to your room, and you don't want to leave your wallet or your passport out where someone might take it. A better idea is to carry them with you, or, if necessary, store them in the hotel's safe.

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