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Take care while traveling

With the increase of holiday travel, did you know that your boarding passes and hotel key cards contain personal data about you so be careful how you store and discard these.
Don’t toss yours in the hotel trashcan — take it home and shred it to protect your information.

Electronic hotel keys contain personal identifiable information, including credit card information. Make sure to lock up important documents such as passports and credit cards so they cannot be accessed or stolen.

Women should avoid carrying backpack purses with an easy-open zipper. What provides easy access for you also makes it possible for thieves to quickly steal your wallet, cellphone or other items.

Men should avoid keeping their wallets in their back pants pocket because that makes it an easy target for pickpockets.

When accessing an automatic teller machine, make sure that people can’t see your information or password and be careful not to flash large amounts of cash around.

Skimming can also be a problem when traveling because it’s easy for clerks or wait staff to skim a credit card because the chance of a patron coming back and identifying them is minimal. Using a single credit card when traveling can make it easier to track expenses and identify fraudulent transactions.

When making your travel plans, beware of deals that sound too good to be true because some of these can be travel scams that use bait-and-switch schemes, or are created just to access credit card information and other personal identifiable information.

Remember to add identity theft coverage to your home insurance policy for expense reimbursement if you have identity theft.

Stay safe.

Suzanne Brown Insurance Agency

A Texas Independent Insurance Agency with over 40 insurance carriers


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