Identity Theft

No Passport? No Problem!

POSTED June 22nd 2016 BY Travel Writer
No passport? No problem that is if you are starting your travel from a US location and want to visit a tropical destination that is a US territory. Consider Guam, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands as your next getaway destination. Besides not needing a passport which can be expensive to get  ($165 per traveler) additional benefits of visiting any of these locations is...
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RFID Pickpockets – Stop’em with RFID Blocking Gear

POSTED October 18th 2015 BY Ellen
You may think of a pickpocket as a person that bumps into you to steal your wallet, but now there’s a different kind of pickpocketing and it’s called electronic pickpocketing. How do RFID pickpockets work, and why can they be so devastating?  Tech-savvy RFID pickpockets – which are also known as “digital thieves” can now silently download your personal credit card information and ID data with handheld “skimming” devices...
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Preventing ID Theft While Traveling

POSTED May 16th 2015 BY Ellen
Having your financial identity stolen or compromised while traveling is becoming more of an issue every day.  Here are some tips from on protecting your identity once you have arrived at your destination to help protect yourself and your financial identity. ID theft while traveling has seen some unique scams which have cropped up recently.  Here are a few to show how slick these thieves...
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Can You Fly If Your Driver’s License or ID Card Were Lost or Stolen?

POSTED January 17th 2015 BY Ellen
Contrary to popular belief, passengers 18 years of age or older are not automatically denied boarding if they cannot provide proper identification – they may still fly on domestic flights in the US, provided that they go through additional identity and security screening at the security checkpoint. This policy is specifically noted on the TSA’s website, at the page linked below. So the answer is...
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Important Credit Card Tips – Read Before You Travel

POSTED June 8th 2014 BY Ellen
There are several things you must do when you take your credit cards with you on vacation – especially if you are traveling internationally.  You should have a plan of action to protect  if your credit card is lost or stolen when on vacation, not just because a missing credit card can wreak havoc on your vacation plans, but it can leave a traveler vulnerable...
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Medical Identity Theft Strikes 5.8% of U.S. Adults

POSTED March 4th 2014 BY Ellen
The first thing you do when your wallet is stolen or lost is call your credit card companies. However, you should also notify your medical insurance provider judging from the conclusions of a recent report that finds that medical identity fraud can be very costly. With identity fraud, most people think of criminals stealing Social Security numbers and credit card data to take out loans...
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What is The Difference Between a Credit Card Freeze and a Fraud Alert?

POSTED November 5th 2012 BY Ellen
You can place an initial fraud alert on your credit report if you worry that you have been — or could be — the victim of identity theft. This is a good idea if you see any suspicious activity on your report or bills, if your wallet or other information has been stolen, if you’ve been a victim of a security breach, or even if...
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Six Things Not To Keep In Your Wallet or Purse

POSTED November 5th 2012 BY Ellen
Identity theft can turn your world upside down. Minimizing the chances of being a victim is your responsibility and just plain smart. Here is what the experts say about your wallet and what not to keep in it. 1. Your Social Security Card This advice to not keep your social security card in your wallet has been preached for years, but many people still choose to ignore...
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Email Hacking Resource – Was Your Email Account Hacked

POSTED August 9th 2012 BY Ellen
If you have an account with a company whose servers have been hacked, it’s nerve-wracking to wonder whether or not your private data has been leaked onto the Internet. Thankfully, a new Web service seeks to aggregate all the leaked account data on the Internet and make it easy for you to check and see if you’re on the list. Have I been pwned? (
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