Tips: Avoid identity theft while on vacation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Between vacations and sending the kids off to camp, summer can be a hot time for identity theft.

Vacationers don’t want to spend their summer getaways thinking about identity theft, but Eyewitness News Problem Solver Susan Hogan says some vacation activities can leave consumers more susceptible to scams and schemes.

Here are some tips to avoid the risks:

  • Travel light: Leave your social security cards or extra credit cards at home
  • Leave a note: Let your bank and credit card companies know you’ll be on the road so they can better monitor fraud.
  • Go face-to-face: Some scammers will call your hotel room, claiming to be the front desk attendant, and ask to verify your credit card number. If this happens, head down to the desk to deal with it face-to-face.

If you have a consumer problem you need help solving, contact our Call 12 for Action Center at (401) 228-1850.

Article source: http://wpri.com/2014/07/17/tips-avoid-identity-theft-while-on-vacation/

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