Why Are Travelers at Higher Risk of Identity Theft?

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With spring approaching and weather warming up across the United States, there will be more people on vacation in Los Angeles and across the country. However, because travelers may be at a higher risk for identity theft, proper safety measures must be taken.

According to the senior vice president of BMO Financial Group, traveling puts people at a higher risk of identity theft as they carry a greater amount of sensitive information. While taking this information with you can make traveling easier, it also puts a person at a greater risk of being targeted by thieves.

 

Travelers often carry IDs, check cards, passports, and even Social Security cards in their wallets or purses, making theft of these carrying cases much worse than normal. To protect your identity while you travel, follow these tips:

  • Never leave personal documents in a hotel room without being placed in a secure location like a safe.
  • Take only absolutely necessary personal information with you on a trip.
  • Do not take your Social Security card with you.
  • Do not put personal information in check-in bags for an airplane.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and protect your passwords/codes.

Whether travelling or going about your normal day, it is important to exercise caution when using and carrying personal information. Unfortunately, identity theft can never be fully protected against. Los Angeles identity theft attorney Howard D. Silver can help you remove the effects of identity theft from your record and protect you from its harsh results. For more information, call the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver at (855) 341-2611.

 

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
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