According to the 2013 Identity Fraud Industry Report, an identity theft occurs once every three seconds. With such a large number of cases being reported, it is certainly something to take seriously, especially while you are traveling. Having your identity stolen is hard enough at home, but when traveling the immediate repercussions can be more drastic. Fortunately, there are 4 rules to follow in order to prevent identity theft while traveling.
1. Leave it at home
Only take the documents and cards that you absolutely need with you. This should include some form of identification and 2 debit or credit cards. Leave additional cards, personal checks and cash at home.
2. Limit what you carry
As you set out for the day, limit what you take with you to only the documents and cards you need. Avoid being pick-pocketed altogether with tees, tanks and underwear that feature zippered pockets for your protection.
3. Look for security measures
If you need to use an ATM, look around for a camera to ensure that the ATM has not been tampered with. Also, be careful of using credit cards online and look to see that its a secure, encrypted site. Similarly, always use secure wireless networks.
4. Lock your valuables
Take advantage of hotel security and lock your valuables whenever possible. Do not leave anything in your room that could lead to identity theft. When you lock your valuables, do not share the code or key with anyone under any circumstances.
Identity theft has increased for travelers in recent years, but following the four L’s allows you to avoid becoming another statistic. While thieves continue to come up with more schemes to steal your identity, follow these simple steps to guard your identity.
Have any of you had issues with identity theft?