Money and Credit Cards

Pickpocketing and RFID Digital Theft Increase: How to Prevent Becoming a Victim

POSTED January 24th 2018 BY Travel Writer
Pickpocketing and RFID digital ID theft are two ongoing problems affecting tourists around the world. San Francisco shows an increase in the numbers of pickpocketing. Meanwhile, one thief at Coachella allegedly pickpocketed more than 100 phones at the music festival. Thieves have even been caught on video pickpocketing victims, who fall asleep on public transportation or subways. When traveling overseas, Independent.co.uk reports pickpocketing is a major issue in...
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Guide to Security Money Belts and Pouches

POSTED January 22nd 2018 BY Beth Williams
Money Belts – How to Hide Money, Credit Cards, and Passports Keep Money, Passport, and Credit Cards Close and Secure Security money belts and pouches can be your most important travel accessories, especially when visiting busy and popular tourist attraction. It is in these locations where pickpockets and thieves are most likely make their marks.  A money belt depending on its size and design is...
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Guide to Bargaining and Shopping Overseas

POSTED January 22nd 2018 BY Beth Williams
Shopping Overseas “Caveat Emptor” Let the Buyer Beware! The Art of Bargaining One of the oldest and most basic shopping skills is bargaining, but many westerners have completely lost the art.  This is especially true when visiting open-air markets and bazaars, where bargaining is the accepted and an expected method of setting a price.  Many of Europe’s top outdoor markets are a great place to practice...
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Six Things Not To Keep In Your Wallet or Purse, Ever!

POSTED November 14th 2017 BY Beth Williams
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. Think that designer handbags are more attractive to thieves? Think again when it comes to identity theft all bags are tempting. 1. Your Social Security Card  This...
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RFID Pickpockets – Stop’em with RFID Blocking Gear

POSTED October 18th 2017 BY Beth Williams
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,  including...
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9 Good Tips for Avoiding and Preventing Identity Theft When Traveling

POSTED September 17th 2017 BY Beth Williams
Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft While Traveling When on vacation you are soaking in the scenery and new experiences and your guard may be completely down, even just temporarily. Criminals typically take advantage of tourist’s relaxed guard and tend to specifically target them. Stay ahead of thieves by taking a few precautions and don’t fall victim to identity theft when on vacation. Identity thieves specifically...
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Deaf Mute and Fake Petition Scams in Europe

POSTED May 27th 2017 BY Beth Williams
Tourist Scams in Europe Include “Deaf Mute” People with Petitions  Thieves and scammers make a living preying on the kind hearts and naivete of tourists.  Familiarize yourself with these scams and save your money. The Deaf Mute Scam and the Fake Petition Scam typically involves women or young girls as the scammers. Some are pregnant, but on occasion young boys may also use this scam. Women...
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Shopping Overseas with Credit Cards

POSTED April 22nd 2017 BY Beth Williams
In most foreign countries, consumer protection laws are different from those in the U.S. With the exception of certain protections under the Fair Credit Billing Act, the laws of the country in which you make the purchase prevail, so be sure that you understand all the terms of the sale, including shipping arrangements, before you sign a sales slip. You may be surprised when you...
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