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May 20, 2013
Make Your Vacation Security Checklist

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Consider these expert tips on protecting your identity and finances before your next trip.


Before mentally checking out for vacation, take a few minutes to review financial safeguards that could save you grief and money – and protect your identity. For example:

  • Tell your credit card issuers where and how long you'll be traveling so they'll be on guard against unauthorized transactions.
  • Carry a list of your card issuers' fraud hotlines and account numbers separately from your wallet.
  • Immediately report lost or stolen cards.
  • Carry two cards in case one gets damaged or closed temporarily.
  • Don't announce your travel plans on social networking sites and make sure your kids don't either.
  • Have a neighbor or the post office hold your mail.

Bottom line: Don't let your guard down on vacation. Take the same or extra precautions with your personal information.

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