Tech Talk-Avoid Summer Identity Theft

By Dan Reynolds, |

Published 07/16 2014 04:39PM

Updated 08/06 2014 07:32PM

        You probably don't want to think about identity theft while enjoying your summer. However, certain aspects of summer fun can leave anyone in the family susceptible to scams.
        Consumer Reports recommends traveling with a minimum number of documents and other items with sensitive personal information. For example, leave social security cards and extra credit cards at home.
        Also make bank and credit card companies aware of travel plans, so they can better monitor fraud.
        The Federal Trade Commission warns hotel guests of certain common scams. Like calls purportedly from the front desk seeking verification of a credit card number. If there's an issue you'll be asked to come to the desk to deal with it face-to-face.
        Another pitfall, fake Wi-Fi networks. Confirm the hotel's authorized network at check-in to avoid handing information over to scammers.
        Identity theft isn't limited to adults. Children's social security numbers can be a target. They provide a clean slate for scammers to open credit card accounts. Many parents don't suspect young ones could be victims of fraud.
        When a child attends summer camp or program, the F-T-C urges parents to find out where personal information is stored. Learn how those records are used and who has access.
        Make it a safe summer.

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